Argentine tennis player, Guido Pella has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Monte Carlo Open in Monaco. Pella will now face the defending champions, Rafael Nadal from Spain.
Guido Pella won his previous match in 3 sets. It was a close match where Pella lost the second set but still played well enough to get the outright victory. During the win, Guido Pella received serve exceptionally well. Pella won 43% of his receiving points which allowed the Argentine to win 5 return games. This will be a significantly tougher match for Pella as he is playing an outstanding opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. Nadal is looking in outstanding form as he has only lost 7 games in the entire tournament. In the match against Dimitrov, Nadal was very solid as he won 89% of his service games and 50% of his return games. Nadal is the reigning champions and has won this tournament for the past 3 seasons. With such great form and such an excellent record, Nadal will be the favourite to win this tournament.
Rafael Nadal and Guido Pella have played each other twice in the past. Rafael Nadal has won on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the French Open where Rafael Nadal won in straight sets. Pella is yet to win a set against Rafael Nadal.
Guido Pella has had a strong tournament as he has beaten the likes of Marin Cilic. That being said, I see Pella losing this match. Rafael Nadal is the best clay-court player in the world and the Spaniard is looking in outstanding form. Nadal has an exceptional record at Monte Carlo and an exceptional record against Guido Pella. With all that in mind, I see Nadal winning in straight sets.