World No.34 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland will play the 26th-ranked Guido Pella in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 8, at 1.15 pm local time (12.15 pm BST). You can find the Stan Wawrinka v Guido Pella live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Stan Wawrinka v Guido Pella Head to Head
Wawrinka and Pella have never played each other before.
Wawrinka Snaps Three-Match Losing Streak In The Spanish Capital
Since reaching the final of the Mutua Madrid Open in 2013, Stan Wawrinka won only once in his next four visits, losing three successive matches. But that all changed on Tuesday as the Swiss easily dispatched French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-2 in just 65 minutes to secure a confidence-boosting win in what has been a difficult start to the year.
Following that win, Wawrinka believed he still has ‘some big results’ in him. However, questions that linger is whether he is capable of producing his old magic this week starting with a tough second round match against in-form Guido Pella.
A second reincarnation of Wawrinka would be dearly welcomed heading to the French Open. There is no doubting that at his best, the 3-time Grand Slam winner is almost unplayable especially on clay where his ferocious one-handed backhand was too much to handle for Djokovic in the 2015 Roland Garros final.
Pella is the ‘King Of Clay’…….For The Moment
Guido Pella advanced to the second round courtesy of a three-set win over ATP tour match wins leader Daniil Medvedev. Pella is currently in the form of his life.
The Argentinean was ranked No.79 at this time last year, but he has ascended to No.26 (A career-high ranking) after capturing his first ATP tour title (won in Sao Paulo) and a string of brilliant wins during the clay-court season.
The left-handed 28-year-old has advanced to the quarterfinals stage or better in 6 of the 7 clay-court tournaments he has played in 2019, winning 20 of his 25 matches on the surface. That streak has put him on top of the pile in terms of match wins on the dirt.
Will the man from Bahia Blanca continue that run or will complacency set in?
Wawrinka v Pella Predictions & Tips
Pella is massive underdog here according to the bookies which is quite surprising. Wawrinka is a proven champion on clay and that probably explains the reasons why. But Wawrinka is not the same player he was a few years ago. Injuries and loss of form have shattered his confidence, and Pella right now is seeing a big ball out there.
Tip: Pella to win (888Sport)