Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov take on each other today in the ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo round of 16. The Spaniard returned to action in great fashion, while the Bulgarian reached this round with more effort. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this tennis game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
Rafa got back on track with a convincing win over Federico Delbonis after being sidelined almost two months. The current No. 3 in the ATP World's Ranking is seeking a new victory in this tournament, where he achieved impressive results throughout his career, lifting the trophy several times.
On the other hand, Dimitrov heads to this game after a hard-fought triumph against Jeremy Chardy. The Bulgarian faces a tough ordeal against the 34-year-old superstar, who was dominant against him before.
Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov: Match Information
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM (ET)
Location: Court Rainier III, Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov: Time by State in the US
ET: 9:30 AM
CT: 8:30 AM
MT: 7:30 AM
PT: 6:30 AM
Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov: Storylines
Rafael Nadal returned to action with the right foot and began his Monte-Carlo campaign in a great manner, defeating Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2 to give a step forward in his quest for a new title. The Spaniard was crowned in this tournament 11 times, with eight straight victories from 2005 to 2012, and with three succesive triumphs from 2016 to 2018.
Asides from Rafa's strength at clay-court competitions, he has been an extremely difficult opponent for Dimitrov as well. The Bulgarian made his way into the quarterfinals with a tight 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy, but his journey at Monte Carlo has a tough task ahead.
These two have faced each other fourteen times. The tennis legend has beaten the current No. 17 of the world almost every time, claiming thirteen victories. Dimitrov defeated Rafa just once at Beijing in 2016. Last time they clashed, Nadal won in 2020 Acapulco's semi-finals by 6-3, 6-2.
How to watch or live stream Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov in the US
The game to be played between Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov in the ATP 1000 Monte-Carlo Masters will be broadcasted in the US by ATP Tennis TV and Tennis Channel.
Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have already made their predictions ahead of this game, and the Spaniard superstar seems to be favorite. FanDuel has given odds of -2000 to Rafael Nadal, while a Grigor Dimitrov victory would result in a +1260 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.