2020 Rio Open – Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro taking place? Jockey Club Brasilieiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When is Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro on and what time does it start? Tuesday 18th February, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What channel is Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro in the UK? This match will be available to stream on Amazon Prime with a subscription, and Tennis TV subscribers may also be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Rio Open

Who won the last meeting between Guido Pella vs Thiago Monteiro? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

GUIDO PELLA

  • Argentina’s Guido Pella enters the Rio Open as 4th seed having won his only ATP title in Brazil last year at the Brasil Open in Sao Paolo, which takes place next week.
  • 29-year-old Pella came to form this time last year in what proved to be his breakthrough year on tour and is now ranked at 26th in the world and just six places off a career-high 20th.
  • In the absence of Juan Martin del Potro, Pella has stepped up alongside Diego Schwartzman to bring Argentina to both the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup last November and the inaugural ATP Cup at the turn of the year.

THIAGO MONTEIRO

  • Brazilian number one Thiago Monteiro will have plenty of support from the home support at the Rio Open and the world number 88 is in decent form, coming off a quarter-final loss at the Argentina Open last week.
  • Monteiro took John Isner to four sets in the first round of the Australian Open back in January which is all the more impressive with all of them tiebreaks.
  • The 26-year-old made it through to the round of 16 here last year before losing to Aljaz Bedene but he reached the quarter-finals in 2017, when he reached a career-high 74th in the world.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a well-supported match in Rio between Argentina’s current number two Guido Pella and a gutsy competitor in Thiago Monteiro. The Brazilian will be the home favourite here and four tiebreaks against John Isner at the Australian Open suggests he is the kind of player you have to beat, with his level likely higher due to the support. Pella is well-versed in taking down the bigger players like Isner himself, though, and should be able to play pantomime villain here as the 4th seed to come through this match.

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