World number 53 Tommy Paul will be in first round action at the Parma Open when he takes on Italy’s and 76th-ranked Stefano Travaglia in the first round of the 2021 Parma Open on Sunday, May 23. Get the live streaming options of this Tommy Paul v Stefano Travaglia match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tommy Paul v Stefano Travaglia Head to Head
There has only been one previous match played between these two players and Paul had won that one in straight sets on the indoor hard courts of the Nur-Sultan Open.
Paul Underwhelming Since Rotterdam
Wins over Lorenzo Sonego and Alexander Bublik at the Rotterdam Open took Paul to the quarterfinal but since then he hasn’t done much of note.
In fact since that victory over Bublik, Paul has played 10 main draw matches this season and lost seven of them. Five of those defeats have come on clay with his second appearances at the Monte-Carlo Masters, Madrid Masters and the Lyon Open being his best performance.
To be fair to Paul, many of those defeats have come against some of the top players in the world – like he went down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Lyon, Andre Rublev in Madrid and Roberto Bautista-Agut in Monte-Carlo and Rome.
He starts off with a tricky opening opponent here but as far as the draw goes, Paul doesn’t have to worry about top 10 players here. Can he tilt these results into his favour?
Travaglia Struggling After Great Ocean Road Final
Like Paul, things haven’t gone well for Lorenzo since he carved out the performance of a life-time in Melbourne. Playing at the Great Ocean Road Open, he won five successive matches to make the final before falling to Jannik Sinner.
One would have thought that result would do him a world of good going into the Australian Open and the rest of the season but that’s where Travaglia plateaued and fell off the cliff.
Since that result, the Italian has won one match and lost nine. And even that win came against Benoit Paire, a player himself having openly admitted he isn’t too interested in playing to his best capabilities.
As a result, what was turning out to be his best season with a career-high ranking of 60th in the world, has turned out drastically with Travaglia now 76th. And another early defeat will push that back further going into the French Open.
Paul v Travaglia Prediction and Tip
Paul starts a favourite at 4/7 but you would like to see a fight from Travaglia as a neutral. He is a solid clay-courter which should help and we think that fight could take this match into a third set.