Guido Pella: 'I hope Dominic Thiem will skip Buenos Aires. He is on another level'

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Guido Pella: 'I hope Dominic Thiem will skip Buenos Aires. He is on another level'

The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club will host the ATP 250 event for the 20th time between February 10-16, 2020, gathering fine players who will battle for the title in the second stop of the Latin American "Golden Swing" after Cordoba.

Gustavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal had all won the title here in the past, joined by Dominic Thiem who went all the way in 2016 and 2018.

The two-time Roland Garros finalist was confirmed for the new edition as well, together with Guido Pella and the last year's finalist Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini. Dusan Lajovic, Borna Coric, Cristian Garin and Laslo Djere are also in contention, hoping for a deep run and spoiling the party of the home players.

Guido Pella lost in the semi-final a year ago and will seek a better result in front of the home fans this time around, kicking off his clay swing in Cordoba ahead of the home ATP 250 event in the Argentine capital. Speaking with journalists ahead of his campaign in Cordoba, Pella joked that he would love to see Thiem out of Buenos Aires, praising the Austrian and his current level after reaching the final of the Australian Open where he pushed Novak Djokovic to the limits for four hours.

Pella defeated Thiem on clay in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 before the Austrian took charge in the last two seasons, beating the Austrian in Buenos Aires in Barcelona in straight sets, although three of those could have gone either way.

"I would not like Thiem to play Buenos Aires; he is on another level at the moment. I prefer him to stay at home and not come to Buenos Aires. For the event in general, I know it would be excellent news if he decides to play; people probably prefer to watch him more than me. But, if some of us want to win the event, it would be better if Dominic doesn't come."