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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Grigor Dimitrov can maintain edge over Goffin

Dimitrov is working his way into Monte Carlo Masters

Grigor Dimitrov lost to Rafa Nadal in the 2017 semi-finals
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Grigor Dimitrov has a 6-1 head-to-head advantage over David Goffin and may have a psychological edge over the Belgian when the two lock horns in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.

All of the previous meetings have taken place on hard courts but the switch to clay is not enough to justify Goffin's status as an odds-on favourite.

Both players have a better record on hard courts and have had similar levels of success on clay, picking up one title each.

Dimitrov came into the tournament with questions to answer after early exits in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami.

But he has worked his way into the event, coming from behind in victories over qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert (3-6 6-2 6-4) and Philipp Kohlschreiber (4-6 6-3 6-4).

Dimitrov's win over Kohlschreiber - a renowned clay court exponent with six titles on the surface - should give him some confidence and sets him up nicely for Goffin, who has had a mixed start to the year.

Goffin has not won more than two matches at any tournament in 2018 and has had to work hard at Monte Carlo - posting wins over qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas (7-6 7-5) and Roberto Bautista Agut (6-4 7-5).

The Belgian has steadily improved this week but his poor record against Dimitrov may be on his mind and could be a key factor in a close contest.

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Goffin has not won more than two matches at any tournament in 2018 and has had to work hard at Monte Carlo
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