Benoit Paire vs. Guido Pella
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
Real Club de Tenis Barcelona
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Benoit Paire and Guido Pella meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Barcelona.
Benoit Paire is coming off a three sets win over Pablo Carreno-Busta that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Paire won 79 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Paire won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 14 break points. Paire bounced back after losing a competitive second set tiebreak to go on and lose just one game in the final set. Paire has now won 11 of his last 13 matches overall and has combined for 20 aces in his first two matches this tournament. After some serious struggles to start the year, it’s quite clear Paire has found his rhythm and is easily one of the hottest players on the men’s side. Paire can no longer be slept on in his current form. Paire has won each of his last seven matches on clay court.
Guido Pella is coming off a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Pella won 65 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Pella won 59 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 10 break points. Pella won his first straight sets match since his final appearance in Sao Paulo and did so despite being broken twice in the first set. Pella now has three wins over top-20 players in his last five matches overall, easily some of the most cosnsitent and impressive tennis we’ve seen from him in quite some time. Pella has a chance to win three matches for the third time in his last five tournaments. Pella has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Both of these players are on fire at the moment, so it could truly go either way. And while Pella’s current stretch is easily more impressive after knocking down multiple big names, I’m giving the edge to Paire based on the fact he’s won seven straight on clay and has his confidence back. Paire plays his best on clay, and given his current form, he’s tough to bet against as long as the competition is about even.
I like Paire to advance to the quarterfinals.