Fourth seed Dominic Thiem will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the third round of the 2019 French Open on Saturday, June 1. The match will start not before 2:15 pm local times (13:15 BST). You can find the Dominic Thiem v Pablo Cuevas live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Dominic Thiem v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
Thiem and Cuevas have played each other five times. The Austrian leads the series 3-2, with the latest win for Thiem coming on the clay courts of Buenos Aires earlier this year.
Four of their five meetings have been on the dirt including their 2015 second round match at the French Open which Cuevas won in four sets. Thiem is more experienced now than he was four years ago, and he has turned the tables by winning their last three matches on clay.
Thiem Powered To His 50th Grand Slam Match Win.
Thiem may have won a couple of Grand Slam titles at his age in another era. But his inability to do so does not necessarily mean he is having a bad career. In fact the young Austrian collected his 50th match-win in a Grand Slam following his second round victory over Bublik – a tally that none of the new crop of tennis stars can boast about.
The Austrian’s journey to the third round has been a real struggle. He confessed to the press after seeing off Tommy Paul in the opening round that ”he didn’t really feel good” and ”didn’t play his best tennis”.
He was in danger of falling 2-sets to one down against the American when he dug himself out of a hole in the third set tiebreak from 0-3. The Austrian enforcer then had to call on his powers of recovery yet again against Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik in the second round. Despite dropping two sets in his two matches, the 25-year-old still found a way to win and extend his win-loss ratio at Roland Garros (20-5).
Cuevas’ Never Made It Past Third Round At Roland Garros
Pablo Cuevas is an experienced clay-courter having won all six of his career titles on the surface. For those who follow closely the South American clay swing, they remember fondly his brilliant run to the title in Rio in 2016 where he beat Nadal and then Guido Pella in succession.
Cuevas uses a very heavy topspin on his forehand and his one-handed backhand is a thing of beauty. He is also capable of producing moments destined for the highlight reel, having won shot of the year with a no-look shot in Madrid a couple of years ago.
The Uruguayan has suffered a few damaging injuries in his career with the most recent being a broken foot in 2018 which severely hampered his progress in the rankings. He tumbled down the rankings to No.87 (his lowest ranking since 2014), but he has made up for the lost time last year with a few decent performances on clay in 2019.
This will be a fourth time Cuevas will contest a third round match at Roland Garros, but surprisingly he has not made it past this stage in his previous three.
Thiem v Cuevas Predictions & Tips
This will be a battle between two one-handed backhands from the back of the court. Thiem hits with power and penetration while Cuevas will try and utilize the angles to hit as many winners. The Austrian is a heavy favorite according to the bookmakers which is a bit strange considering the struggles he has had against Paul and Bublik. Four of their five meetings have gone the distance and Cuevas has solid chance for causing an upset.
Tip: Over 36.5 games: (888Sport)