World number 53 Tommy Paul will take on fellow American and 88th-ranked Marcos Giron in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Tommy Paul v Marcos Giron match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tommy Paul v Marcos Giron Head to Head
While these two players haven’t met each other at the ATP level, they have met on the Challenger and Futures circuit and Giron leads 2-1. Paul had won their last meeting, beating his opponent in the final of the New Haven Challenger.
Paul 5-5 This Season
Having made it as far as the quarterfinal at the Rotterdam Open earlier this season, Paul then lost back to back matches. First, he lost to Marton Fucsovics in straight sets in the last eight stage of the competition there, before going down to Milos Raonic in the opening round at the Acapulco Open.
This followed three successive tournaments in which Paul failed to proceed beyond the second round, losing at that stage in Delray Beach, Murray River Open and the Australian Open.
Two of Paul’s defeats this season came to players who had gone into the encounter as second-favourites, losing to Sebastian Korda at Delray Beach despite being a set up and then to Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-3.
What’s interesting to note is Paul has struggled to get going beyond the first couple of wins even last season. Since making it as far as the semifinal at the Adelaide International last year, in no tournament has did he manage to win three matches in a row.
Here, he will start off against a player who has never been better than a world number 70.
Giron Unable to Replicate 2020 Form
It was one of his best seasons ever but Giron has been unable to replicate his form from the previous year, losing in the opening round at three of the four tournaments he has played in, in 2021.
Since defeating fellow American Michael Mmoh and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first two rounds of the Murray River Open, Giron has lost four successive main draw matches in fact.
He fell to Dan Evans at the Murray River Open, lost to Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open, Tallon Griekspoor in Montpellier and then Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open. In essence, what needs to be looked at here Giron’s defeats, at least most of them, have come to players ranked way higher than him.
Can he overcome Paul in this one who is ranked outside the top 50 in the world?
Giron v Paul Prediction and Tip
Paul will hold the edge but as mentioned earlier, Giron is a solid player against those ranked around his own ranking and this could go the distance as a result. Three-setter in the offing.
Tip: Paul to win: 4/6 (bet365)