Greek Next Gen Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Uruguayan veteran Pablo Cuevas in his second round match of the 2020 French Open with the match scheduled for Thursday, October 1. The exact timing yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Pablo Cuevas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitipas v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
This is the fourth meeting between the two players with Tsitsipas leading the head-to-head 3-0. Incidentally their last meeting was last week at the Hamburg Open, with Tsitsipas winning in two sets.
Tsitsipas Pushed To Five Sets in Opener
Tsitsipas ended 2019 as the winner of the year-end ATP Tour Finals, which by far has been the biggest achievement of his career thus far. Coming into 2020 with lofty expectations, the season did not get off to the best of starts for him Down Under.
However,he did hit a good run, defending his title at Marseille without dropping a set and made the final in Dubai again before being runner-up, this time to Novak Djokovic.
Returning to the tour after the pandemic, he looked in good touch at the Western & Southern Open before being outplayed by the Milos Raonic serve in the semi-finals. A strong start at the US Open followed, and he looked ready for week two, up two sets to one and a double break against Croat Borna Coric in the third round. However, a loss of focus and nerves saw him give away six match points in the fourth set, only to lose in a final set tie-break.
Tstisipas did not have the best of returns to clay with a three set opening round loss at the Rome Masters 1000 against Italian teenager Jannik Sinner, but was a finalist last week at the Hamburg Open losing to Andrey Rublev .
The travel and the shuffling between tournaments seemed to have got the better of Tsitsipas, who arrived in Paris and looked out of sorts in his opener against Jaume Munar of Spain.
A quick first two sets saw Tsitsipas one set away from an early exit and he also seemed to be suffering from tiredness and/or the niggles with medical timeouts. However, it was a great fightback by the Greek who went on to prevail in five sets and will be hoping for a smoother second round here onward after a much-needed day’s rest on Wednesday.
Can Cuevas Pull Off an Upset?
Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas has been on the tour for a while, and despite clay being his preferred surface, has not been in convincing form in the shortened 2020 thus far.
Having made it as far as the quarterfinal at both the Cordoba Open and the Buenos Aires Open, Cuevas had gone into a bit of a lull since. Opening defeats at the Rio Open and Santiago Open before the pandemic break and early losses at both, the Cincinnati Open and US Open would have left him low on confidence and motivation.
Appearing in a Challenger on clay where he made the final eight, Cuevas did well to defeat Taylor Fritz in the Hamburg Open first round last week before putting up a good fight against Tsitsipas, eventually being defeated in two tight sets.
Once ranked in the top 20 in the world in the mid 2010s, Cuevas will be looking to hit some of the form that saw him win the doubles title at Roland Garros in 2008. The Uruguayan looked in good touch in his opener against Swiss Henri Laaksonen, winning in four sets and will look to up it a few notches in his next round match against Tsitsipas yet again.
Tsitsipas v Cuevas Prediction and Tip
Despite a difficult opener, expect a more clinical showing by the Greek against an opponent without a lot of weapons. They met last week and expect a repeat result; Tsitsipas in straight sets.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)