World No. 15, and number six seed, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina will take on Federico Giao of Italy, the world number 154, in the first round of the 2021 San Diego Open on Tuesday, September 28 . Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Federico Giao match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Federico Giao Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the two 29-year-olds.
Schwartzman, Consistent Performer on Tour
In March Schwartzman won the Argentina Open on home soil, his fourth title in all, and his first for two years, although he was a beaten finalist three times in 2020, the same year that he reached the semi-finals of the French Open.
Although primarily thought of as a clay court specialist – he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros again this year – he has developed into an all court player, and reached the fourth round of the Miami Open in March.
Since his latest run in Paris, he has been a consistent performer, with successive third round appearances at Wimbledon, and the Olympics, the same stage he reached in Cincinnati. He went one better at the US Open, before his progress was halted by the Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp.
Since then, he has played for Argentina in the Davis Cup and last week featured for the Rest of the World team in the Laver Cup, losing his only match to Andrey Rublev.
Giao’s First Main Draw Appearance Since Barcelona
Although Giao has been a professional since 2009, he did not make his main tour debut until six years later, and spends most of his time on the ITF circuit, where he has won seven singles and three doubles titles.
However, into what by his standards was a rare excursion in a senior evet, he did finish runner-up in the doubles at the Rio Open last year with compatriot Salvatore Caruso.
He has been in one Challenger final this year, losing on home soil in Todi on his favourite surface of clay in July.
The last time he made an ATP main draw was back in April where he came through qualifying to reach the second round. Since then, it has been a steady diet for Giao of Challenger events and defeats in qualifying competitions.
However, he managed to buck that trend in qualifying for San Diego with two impressive wins over experienced and higher ranked American players, first beating Steve Johnson in three sets and Denis Kudla in two.
Schwartzman v Giao Prediction and Tip
Schwartzman has become a consistent performer on tour, and will start the clear favourite against a man making his first ATP main draw appearance for almost six months.