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Pella vs Garin ATP Sao Paulo live streaming, preview and tips - Pella looking to snap four-match losing streak in ATP finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 3 Mar 2019
  • Guido Pella vs Christian Garin is live from Sao Paulo at 2.30pm local time on Sunday (5.30pm GMT)
  • First ATP meeting between the pair
Guido Pella (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Either Guido Pella or Christian Garin will win a first ATP World Tour title on Sunday as the pair battle it out in the Brasil Open final in Sao Paulo.

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Guido Pella has lost all four ATP finals he’s played on clay - can he finally breakthrough for a maiden trophy on Sunday in Sao Paulo, or will first-time finalist Christian Garin complete a fairytale run to the title and become the first Chilean to win an ATP singles title since Fernando Gonzalez a decade ago?

Pella has surged into the Brasil Open final without dropping a set this week, beating Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2 6-4, Marco Trungelliti 6-0 6-3 and ending the seven-match winning streak of last week’s Rio Open champion Laslo Djere, toppling the Serbian by a 7-6(10) 7-6(1) scoreline in the semi-finals on Saturday. Pella saved two sets points in a marathon opening set tiebreak, and despite failing to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second, the Argentine regrouped swiftly and lost just one point in the second set breaker to register the victory. Pella has now won 10 of his last 13 matches in the ‘Golden Swing’, finishing runner-up to compatriot Juan Ignacio Londero in the Cordoba final and reaching the semi-finals of Buenos Aires before an opening round loss in Rio last week to Joao Sousa.

It’s been a nice stabilising February for Pella after he won just one match across his first three tournaments of the season on hardcourt in January, losing in the second round of Doha and the first rounds of Auckland and the Australian Open.

Pella has been a solid ATP player for quite a long time now, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 39 in 2016 on the back of reaching his first tour-level final at the 500-level event in Rio (beating Dominic Thiem and John Isner before losing to Cuevas in the final), while he made his second ATP final in 2017 on the clay of Munich, going down to Alexander Zverev. Pella also toppled Thiem on his way to the Chengdu semi-finals in the same season, while two Challenger titles in Milan and Bucaramanga capped another great year on tour for the Argentine.

The 28-year-old continued to make small steps in the right direction in 2018, scoring the biggest win of his career when he defeated World No. 5 Marin Cilic in the second round of Wimbledon, coming back from two sets down, while he also made the final in Umag before going down to French Open semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato. Ending the season with a title at the Montevideo Challenger, can Pella break through for an elusive first ATP title on Sunday?

Christian Garin (Photo by BARBARA GINDL/AFP/Getty Images)
Christian Garin is the man who stands in his way. A stand-out junior player after beating Alexander Zverev for the 2013 French Open boys title, Garin appeared set for a quick rise to the top of men’s tennis after he secured his first tour-level win as a 16-year-old at the former ATP event in Vina del Mar that same season, where he defeated Dusan Lajovic. However, Garin found it tough to settle on the main tour and sensationally picked up his second ATP win just last month when he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in Buenos Aires, making it a six years between wins for the Chilean who is now 22 years of age.

Garin has been plugging away outside the top 100 on the Challenger Tour ever since his initial breakout six years ago, but he finally made it into that elite bracket towards the end of last season when he went on an amazing run at Challenger level, winning three straight titles on clay in Campinas, Santo Domingo and Lima. Despite his obvious strengths on clay, Garin says his favourite surface is clay, so if he can continue to improve and harness his talent, there is potential for the Chilean to make it to the top 50 and perhaps higher this season.

Garin failed to qualify in Brisbane and Sydney and lost in the opening round of the Australian Open during a disappointing January, but after picking up a Davis Cup win for Chile over Austria’s Jurij Rodionov, he has won a match at every event he’s played, making the second rounds of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and defeating the likes of Pedro Sousa, Jaume Munar, Leonardo Mayer and Casper Ruud to reach his first ATP final in Sao Paulo this week.

Pella and Garin have played three times before, but never at ATP level, with Pella winning all three matches at Challenger events in 2015 and in Davis Cup last year. Pella starts favourite and I do think his greater experience and excellent left-handed forehand will get the job done, but he will undoubtedly be nervous with another great chance to capture an ATP title - and he didn’t deal with that pressure well against another first-time finalist in Londero in Cordoba a few weeks ago. It will be a case of whether he has learnt from that match and can survive the tension that will surely creep into the final if Garin keeps it close.

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Pella vs Garin ATP Sao Paulo live streaming, preview and tips - Pella looking to snap four-match losing streak in ATP finals

Either Guido Pella or Christian Garin will win a first ATP World Tour title on Sunday as the pair battle it out in the Brasil Open final in Sao Paulo.

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