The second set of second round matches will be played on Day 4 in Buenos Aires. Top seed Argentine Diego Schwartzman will play his first match of the tournament after losing in the finals in Cordoba to Christian Garin, who pulled out of his match scheduled for Tuesday. Schwartzman, along with countryman and second seed Guido Pella, will face fellow Argentine players. Juan Ignacio Londero makes five of the eight players in action home country players, a great sign for the tournament. The other match features two top-50 clay court veterans in Pablo Cuevas and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
ATP Buenos Aires Day 4 Predictions
Guido Pella vs Facundo Bagnis
Head to head: 4-4 (first tour-level meeting)
The all Argentine matchup at home will be a treat for fans between two players who know each other well. Although they have played eight times, none of them have been since 2015 when both players were fighting on the Challenger Tour. Pella quietly broke into the top-30 in 2019 due to his great play on clay courts. He has made five career tour-level finals, all on clay, winning one last year in Brazil. Bagnis is a successful challenger player but has not been able to consistently play at the ATP level of late. Both players bring a strong baseline game but Pella has more tools and is the more accomplished player and should not have too much trouble.
Prediction: Pella in 2
Pablo Cuevas vs Alberto Ramos-Vinolas
Head to head: 7-1 Cuevas
Cuevas has absolutely dominated the head-to-head, including winning their last five meetings, four of which were played on clay. The two have been in similar form, both losing in the first round at the Australian Open and making the quarterfinal in Cordoba, losing to each of the eventually finalists. Ramos has been ranked high recently, mainly due to several great runs and his game being more adaptable on other surfaces. Cuevas is the better clay court player and his game is more consistent point to point which gives him the edge.
Prediction: Cuevas in 2
Laslo Djere vs Juan Ignacio Londero
Head to head: 1-0 Djere
This is a rematch of last weeks quarterfinal in Cordoba, won by Djere by a tight score 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5). The match was close throughout, with Londero making several crucial errors on big points at the end that cost him the match. Djere had a strong week and went on to take a set off world #14 Diego Schwartzman before falling in three sets. Londero’s 2019 was highlighted by his title in Cordoba, but struggled to keep that form going the rest of the season. The last several weeks, Djere has been more of a threat on his return game, and will get to the Londero serve just enough this match. Djere will win in three again, a little more comfortably than last week.
Prediction: Djere in 3
Diego Schwartzman vs Federico Delbonis
Head to head: 4-3 Schwartzman
The fellow countrymen know each other well with their seven matchups, and although the head-to-head is close, Schwartzman has won the last four after he had established himself as a top player. Schwartzman has been good of late, reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open and the finals last week in Cordoba. Delbonis is solid on clay but has been mostly on the challenger circuit lately and has not shown an ability to defeat top players. Delbonis does not have a strong enough serve to hold off Schwartzman’s incredible return game and Schwartzman will win in straights.
Prediction: Schwartzman in 2
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