The world No. 62, Guido Pella of Argentina will take on Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, the world number 214, in the first round of the 2021 Halle Open on Tuesday, June 15. Get the live streaming options of this Guido Pella v Lukas Lacko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Guido Pella v Lukas Lacko Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 31-year old Argentine, and the Slovak, who is two years older.
Pella, a Former Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist
Like most South American players, Pella was brought up on clay, and had little experience of playing io grass in his youth.
Despite that, it is at Wimbledon that he has had his greatest successes in Grand Slam events – In 2018 he beat Marin Cilic, who had reached the final the previous year, and the following year, he reached the quarter-finals, eventually losing to Roberto Bautista-Agut, and, in the process beating another former finalist in the shape of Kevin Anderson.
His form in 2021 has been poor though, and he has only won two matches all year, recording first round wins in Munich and also at the French Open , where he beat Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros of Colombia before losing to the American Marcos Giron.
In his first match of the year on grass he went down to Jordan Thompson of Australia in straight sets in Stuttgart last week.
Lacko Qualifies Despite Fall in Rankings
At his peak, Lacko was a top 50 player and made two senior ATP final appearances, losing in Zagreb in 2012, and more significantly, on the grass of Eastbourne six years later, losing to Mischa Zverev.
However, since then there has been a slow drift down the rankings and he is now outside the top 200.
He spends the majority of his time on the Challenger tour, in between trying to qualify for senior tournaments, but this is the first time in 2021 he has made it into the main draw of one.
But Lacko did it in style, beating two higher ranked opponents in the qualifying tournament.
First he beat Egor Gerasimov of Belarus the world 76, in straight sets, and then he came from a set down to overcome the challenge of João Sousa of Portugal, currently ranked 109 in the world.
Pella v Lacko Prediction and Tip
Both men have enjoyed success on grass in the past, and Lacko has two warm-up victories in the qualifying tournament under his belt. However, Pella is the higher ranked player, and if he can find some of his old Wimbledon form, should be able to come through this match.