Argentina’s Guido Pella takes on Italy’s Salvatore Caruso in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Monday, September 28. The exact day and time of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Guido Pella v Salvatore Caruso match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Guido Pella v Salvatore Caruso Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 37th ranked Argentine and the 84th ranked Italian.
Pella Searching for 2019 Form
Guido Pella was at his best in 2019, but hasn’t yet performed to that level this year.
A clay court specialist, Pella won his first career title at the Brasil Open last year. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon by beating Kevin Anderson in the third round and Milos Raonic in the fourth, before falling to Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 30-year-old lefty, who has a 60-50 win-loss record on clay, has reached five singles finals, all on clay. Two of them came last year. He lost against Juan Ignacio Londero at the Cordoba Open final, but defeated Christian Garin in Brazil for his maiden title.
A successful 2019 season also saw him reach a career high ranking of 20.
Currently ranked 37th in the world, Pella hasn’t had a good 2020. He reached the third round of the Australian Open, his best ever performance in the tournament, but since then he was knocked out of the Cordoba Open in the first round; won the first match at the Argentina Open, but lost the next match, which was a quarterfinal; he then exited Rio Open without winning a match and was knocked out of the U.S. Open by Jeffrey John Wolf in the first round.
Pella is struggling in the mini-clay season as well. He is 6-9 overall this year, and comes to Roland Garros having lost in the second round in Kitzbuhel and the first round in Rome.
Having never gone past the second round of the French Open, Pella will be determined to change that this year, but he will have to regain form against Caruso and if he does beat the Italian, he will have to find a way to defeat either Pablo Carreno Busta or John Millman in the next round.
Caruso Is Creeping Up the Rankings
World No. 84 Salvatore Caruso is yet to produce an earth-shattering performance at the tour level, but the Italian right-hander is slowly climbing up the rankings. He was one of eight Italians in the top 100 at the 2019 year-end rankings.
A prominent face at the Challenger level, the 27-year-old has won three titles at that level and all of them have come on clay.
As a qualifier, Caruso reached the third round of the French Open last year before being beaten by Novak Djokovic. He also qualified for the 2018 Australian Open and the 2019 Wimbledon.
Caruso, who has a 12-19 career win-loss record, is 5-8 this year and comes to French Open on the back of a decent showing at the U.S. Open, where he beat James Duckworth and Ernesto Escobedo in the first two rounds before falling to Andrey Rublev in the third round.
At the Italian Open, Caruso beat Tenny Sandgren in the first round, but lost to Djokovic in the second.
Pella v Caruso Prediction and Tip
Pella’s experience should help him win this contest, but Caruso is steadily improving and will give the Argentine a tough competition. Expect Pella to win in four sets.
Tip: Pella to win: 8/11 (bet365)