World No. 60 Tommy Paul of the U.S. will face World No. 108 Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the first round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Thursday, October 7. Get the live streaming options of this Tommy Paul v Feliciano Lopez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tommy Paul v Feliciano Lopez Head to Head
They met once, last year, on the hard court of Antwerp with Lopez winning in straight sets.
Paul on a Three-Match Losing Streak
Tommy Paul is on a three-match losing streak. The last time he won, it was in the first round of the Cincinnati Open against Christian Garin. Since then, the American lost to Lorenzo Sonego in the second round in Cincy and then made first round exits from the U.S. Open and the San Diego Open last week, losing to Roberto Carballes Baena and Sebastian Korda, respectively.
The 24-year-old has won 7 matches on clay and 7 on hard surfaces this year, bringing in a 14-19 season record to Indian Wells, where he will be making his main draw debut.
A semifinal finish in Parma and a run to the quarterfinal of the Rotterdam Open were two of his most notable performances this year.
Ranked No. 60 in the world, Paul is 6-4 from his last 10 matches, including qualifying round wins at the Toronto and Cincy Masters. However, when it comes to main draws, he is 3-7 from his last 10.
Lopez Looking to End Losing Run
Lopez turned 40 last month but the veteran Spaniard still remains a force to reckon with. Ok, he is not winning as many matches as he would liked but he still has a desire to compete, and a five set defeat to Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the opening round of the U.S. Open testifies that.
The Spaniard has a 9-19 overall record this season and he is 0-5 from his last five main draw matches. It was in July that the left-hander last won a main draw match, when he edged past Marc-Andrea Huesler in Gstaad, after the Swiss player was unfortunately forced to retire with the score at 6-4, 4-6, 65.
The last completed main draw match that Lopez won was back in June, when he beat Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinal in Mallorca.
The Spaniard is 15-17 at Indian Wells with his best ever showing coming i 2015, when he reached the quarterfinals.
Paul v Lopez Prediction and Tip
Paul should have the edge going into this contest. He is the higher-ranked player, has won more matches recently and has age on his side, just in case the match turns into a gruelling duel. Above all, he is playing at home. Expect Paul to start with a victory and move into the next round.