Italy’s Fabio Fognini will hope to get his claycourt season back on track when he meets Guido Pella of Argentina in the first round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Sunday, May 16. Get the live streaming options of this Fabio Fognini v Guido Pella match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Fabio Fognini v Guido Pella Head to Head
Fognini leads the head-to-head 3-2, winning their last meeting at the 2020 Australian Open in straight sets. However, both of Pella’s two wins in the series came on clay.
Fognini Dumped Out in Rome Opener
Fabio Fognini’s indifferent clay-court season took a turn for the worse in Rome as he lost in the first round for the first time since 2016.
The 33-year-old was handed a tough opener against Kei Nishikori and he failed to get his bearings right, as he lost in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.
That defeat extends Fognini’s poor form on clay which now stands at 4-5. His title defense in Monte Carlo came to an end in the quarterfinals and in Barcelona, he was disqualified for abusing the lines judge.
But this could be an excellent chance for Fognini to bounce back at the low-key 250-event in Geneva. He is a former semifinalist in these parts, and seven of his nine career titles have been won at this level (ATP 250) including one on Swiss soil in Gstaad.
Pella’s Injury Troubles Continue to Haunt Him
Guido Pella has also had a rough time winning tennis matches. In fact, his dismal run of form stems from the 2020 season. He has won nine matches since the start of last season.
And Pella’s notable injury struggles have continued to haunt him in recent weeks. He retired in each of his last two tournaments due to a groin/adductor issue. His solitary win on the surface this term came in Munich, ironically, his opponent Egor Gerasimov retiring hurt.
Apart from that, his return of just one win outside clay is also another shocking return. Pella is an established clay-court campaigner and has been ranked as high as World No. 20 just under two years ago. But he looks a shadow of the player that won his maiden ATP tour title in Sao Paulo in 2019.
Pella made the quarterfinals in his only previous appearance in Geneva in 2018.
Fognini v Pella Prediction and Tip
Both players have experienced a barren spell in recent weeks. But Fognini has fared marginally better and is the healthier of the two players.