This may not be the most interesting fourth round duel of the 2014 Australian Open, at least on paper as we have also got a clash between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in this stage of the tournament, but the match between Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Spaniard Roberto Bautista surely deserves our attention. The 22-year-old Grigor Dimitrov is rated as one of the most talented youngsters on the ATP World Tour and often nicknamed as "Baby Federer" due to the similarity in their ground strokes, particularly off the backhand side. Dimitrov enjoyed a very successful junior career, in which he held the world Nr.1 ranking and won the boy's singles titles at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships and the 2008 US Open. Dimitrov considers the backhand down the line as his favorite shot and his favorite surfaces are hard court and grass. He really has an enormous potential and could easily become one of the top players in next years but often has problems to show his best tennis on a regular basis. Still he achieved some really good results in last 12 months including a win over Djokovic in Madrid and his carrer-first ATP Tour title in Stockholm. This match can also be described as a clash between pure talent and hard work as the 25-year-old Spaniard Roberto Bautista belongs to the category of players that make most of their skills thanks to their hard work. Do not get it wrong, Bautista is very solid player but he really doesn't have any top class shot in his tennis arsenal and is winning mainly thanks to his consistency. Last season was his first full season on the ATP Tour after his success on the lower level in 2012 and he did well on that level and even broke into Top50. Bautista considers forehand his best shot and admires his countryman David Ferrer and we can really find some similarities between these two players. He started this season in a disappointing way as he did not defend his final points in Chennai from last season, loosing already in the first round and he would hardly expect that the next weeks will be best of his career. Bautista reached the semifinal in Auckland, where he lost to Isner despite serving for the match and mainly achieved career-best win over Juan Martin Del Potro here in Melbourne, defeating the Argentine giant in five sets. He has also defeated Smyczek and Paire here, so no doubt that he is playing some great tennis now. The two have already met twice with both players winning on one occassion and it was the Spaniard who won their most recent meeting on hard court in China last year. Still if Dimitrov wants to become one of the best he really has to win matches like this and book his place in the quarterfinal against Nadal most probably as he has all the weapons to easily beat players of Bautista's caliber. Of course talent alone will not win you any matches but this time we believe that it will be enough and expect a solid victory for Grigor Dimitrov here. The handicap of -3 games is set pretty low and you can also try higher lines if you are not aware of higher risk.
- Starting Time: 20 January 2014, 3:10 CET
- Bet: Dimitrov -3 games
- Odds: 1.943
- Stake: 8 units
- Bookmaker: Sportingbet