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Nadal vs. Dimitrov Preview Analysis

Melbourne, Australia

Nadal Dimitrov Melbourne 2014© ATPRafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov are playing for the fourth time on the ATP World Tour.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will have his return game tested when he meets Grigor Dimitrov in the Australian Open quarter-finals, the fourth battle in their Fedex ATP Head2Head series. The 27-year-old Nadal has won all three previous meetings in tough three-set battles, but Dimitrov has been serving up a storm in Melbourne, winning 86 percent of first-serve points. The challenge for Dimitrov will be to maintain his aggressive style - without making mistakes.

Dimitrov's serving performance will be critical as Nadal's return game is one of the best. Both players have dropped serve just four times in four rounds. Dimitrov will look to improve his return of serve statistics against the World No. 1. The Bulgarian has won just 44 percent of return points on second serve, compared to Nadal's 62 percent.

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NADAL HIGHLIGHTS
• "70-70 Club" on serve: 70% 1st serves in play; 77% 1st serve points won; has saved 79% (15 of 19) of break points faced
• Dominant return game: 77% hit back in play; 36% won returning 1st serves; 62% won returning 2nd serves; 17 breaks of serve in 10 sets played
• Big forehand weapon: 51 forehand winners

DIMITROV HIGHLIGHTS
• Dominant serving: 55 aces; 86% 1st serve points won; 59% 2nd serve points won; held 69 of 73 service games
• Return game has not been as strong: winning 32% returning 1st serves; winning just 44% returning 2nd serves; only 15 breaks in 74 return games played

Rafael Nadal (1) Grigor Dimitrov (22)
26 Aces 55
3 Double Faults 19
34% Unreturned Serves 42%*
70% 1st Serve % 59%
77% 1st Serve Points 86%
56% 2nd Serve Points 59%
4 Broken 4
19 Break Points Faced 12
48 Games Served 73
92% Service Games Held 95%
205 kmh / 127 mph Broken 219 kmh / 136 mph
77% Returns in Play 64%*
36% 1st Return Points Won 32%
62% 2nd Return Points Won 44%
17 Breaks of Serve 15
31 Break Points 38
55% Pct. Converted 39%
48 Return Games Played 74
35% Return Games Won % 20%
51 Forehand Winners 40*
39 Forehand Unforced Errors 42*
14 Backhand Winners 23*
24 Backhand Unforced Errors 24*
109 Winners 123*
70 Unforced Errors 82*
35 of 51 Net Points Won 40 of 59*
69% Net Points Won 68%
55% Baseline Points Won 56%
35 Games Lost 64
0 Sets Lost 2
7:55 Time on Court 9:38

* Detailed statistics available for 3 of 4 Dimitrov matches

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