Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will play World No.28 Guido Pella of Argentina in the quarterfinal of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Friday April 26. The match is scheduled to take place not before 4:30 pm local time (15:30 BST). You can find the Dominic Thiem v Guido Pella live streaming options here.
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Dominic Thiem v Guido Pella Head to Head
Thiem and Pella have met on four occasions previously with two wins apiece. The dynamic Austrian won their most recent encounter which was over 12 months ago in the quarterfinals on the clay courts of Buenos Aires. Their other clay meeting was won by Pella in 2016 at the Rio Open.
Thiem Aiming To Repeat 2017 Feat In Barcelona
Dominic Thiem’s clay-court season kicked-off proper as early as February. The Austrian elects to play the Argentina and Rio Open where he is a former champion at both tournaments. This year, things have not been plain sailing as he was dumped out at both events.
However, despite that slow start during the South American clay-court swing, the 25-year-old bounced back impressively and managed to capture his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells. That success though was swiftly followed by early exists in the subsequent Masters 1000 tournaments in Miami and Monte Carlo respectively.
While this has been a stop-start season for Thiem, he is widely regarded as the second best player on the clay at the moment. He has backed up that notion before, following his two wins against Nadal in the last two years (Rome in 2017 and Madrid 2018). No player had beaten Nadal during that span until Fabio Fognini’s recent stunning win in Monte Carlo.
Thiem is a former finalist in Barcelona where he lost to Nadal in 2017 and he is hoping to go one better this year.
Pella Has Reached Back-To-Back Quarterfinals In Monte Carlo And Barcelona
Guido Pella’s week in Barcelona keeps getting better and better with each passing round. After surviving a huge scare in his three set win over Joao Sousa in the opening round, the Argentine beat the inconsistent Karen Khachanov and Benoit Paire to emulate his feat in Monte Carlo where he reached the last eight before losing to Nadal.
Pella will be hoping for a different result in the quarterfinals against Thiem after playing lights out tennis in the first set against Nadal at the Principality. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is currently ranked at career-high No.28 and could crack the Top 20 for the first time with more clay wins in the next month.
He captured his first career ATP title in Sao Paulo in February and this will almost certainly be his best year on tour.
Thiem v Pella Predictions & Tips
This is a tricky match for Dominic Thiem to negotiate. Historically, Thiem has never played well at the Monte-Carlo Masters and his loss to Lajovic should not wary his pocket of fans. He managed to obliterate that poor run with a strong showing in Barcelona where he beat clay-court specialist Diego Schwartzman and Jaume Munar.
But to put things into context, Thiem is facing a man who has momentum on his side. Pella is in the form of his life right now, and he has inflicted some damaging defeats to the top players most memorably to Marin Cilic at last year’s Wimbledon – a result the Croat is yet to come to terms to. The Argentinean ran Nadal close last week in Monte Carlo and he does have some serial firepower to upset to Thiem. I think Pella will win a set if not the match, at the very least.
Tip: Games Handicap – Guido Pella -1.5 Games: 14/5 (888Sport)