World No. 58 Tommy Paul of USA will take on Pedro Martinez of Spain, ranked 100, in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this Tommy Paul v Pedro Martinez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tommy Paul v Pedro Martinez Head to Head
The pair have met twice before, their first meeting coming in qualifying for the 2019 US Open, Paul winning in straight sets.
They were also drawn against each other in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters last month, when Paul was leading in the first set before Martinez had to withdraw with an injury.
Paul Looking for Form in 2021
Paul is no novice on clay, having won the French Open as a junior in 2015, and finished runners-up in the doubles in the same year.
He also has won titles on that surface on the Futures and Challenger tours, although he has yet to taste victory on the main ATP circuit.
2021 has not started particularly well for the 23-year-old American, who reached the second round of the Australian Open, before achieving his best result of the year so far in Rotterdam where he reached the third round.
Three successive first round defeats followed, including Sardinia on clay.
Paul stopped the rot in Monte Carlo where he reached the second round, but was aided by the withdrawal of Martinez from their match. Roberto Bautista-Agut then beat him in straight sets, and he has not played competitively since.
Martinez, Hoping for Home Inspiration
Martinez reached a career-high singles ranking of 82 at the end of last year, after winning a Challenger event on home soil in Marbella .
But he has not been able to build upon that, despite reaching the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.
Having taken six weeks off after that, Martinez then suffered successive first round defeats in Miami and Andalucía, and, when he did qualify for Monte Carlo, was forced to pull out of his match with Paul due to injury.
He can take some heart though from his exploits in Estoril where, after coming through two rounds of qualifying, he beat the world 43, Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan easily in straight sets.
However, Martinez then lost to Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in a tight match, despite taking the opening set.
He will be hoping that playing in familiar conditions in Madrid will give him a boost.
Paul v Martinez Prediction and Tip
Neither man is in good form coming into this match, but something has to give. Paul has the better head to head record and, despite Martinez playing on home soil, the American should just have the advantage.