Australia’s No.1 player Alex De Minaur will play Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11. Timings of this match will be available upon the release of order of play. Get the live streaming options of this Alex De Minaur v Pablo Cuevas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex De Minaur v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
This will be a first-ever meeting between De Minaur and Cuevas.
Australia’s No.1 Charges into Round Two
Alex De Minaur, Australia’s no.1 male player, breezed into the second round with a devastating beatdown of Tennys Sandgren, winning 7-5 6-1 6-1.
The 21-year-old missed last year’s Australian Open due to injury certainly made up for the lost time in 2020. After a competitive opening set, De Minaur’s court speed was too much to handle even for Tennys Sandgren who is one of the fittest players.
But that may be in part due to the fact that the man from Tennessee was one of 72 players placed under hard quarantine. The Australian youngster was superior in every department, from taking the ball far too early, to putting Sandgren in uncomfortable striking position.
De Minaur’s 27/19 winners-unforced error ratio made a difference. But his attacking threat and particularly in net points won and gobbling the pieces on Sandgren’s serve were also decisive. He won 42 out 99 receiving points, and made 21 trips to the net, winning 18 points.
Fresh from snaring a fifth career title in Antalya last month, the Aussie did not face a single break point in the whole match against Sandgren.
Cuevas Trumps Seppi In Veterans Match
Pablo Cuevas is putting quite a run during the Australian summer series. First, there was the transformation of his hotel room into a virtual environment; ranging from a practice court to a dance floor. And it seems the Uruguayan’s creativity goes beyond the tennis court.
Cuevas returned to real-time tennis at the Great Ocean Road with little practice time after being subjected to an extra week in quarantine. He beat Pablo Andujar and Robin Haase before falling to the Delray champion Hubert Hurkacz.
For a player with pretty all the trick-shots and flair in his game, Cuevas didn’t need a lot of time to make an impression. After a generous first round draw at the Australian Open, the 35-year-old got the better of his Italian opponent Andreas Seppi in four sets.
Cuevas’s elegant one-hander and slice invited Seppi to the net far too many times. But that only created room for him to play one passing shot after another. The 36-year-old Italian won just 6 out of 16 points at the net, and Cuevas was rolling.
He put the finishing touches in the near two and half hour contest, winning 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-2.
De Minaur v Cuevas Prediction and Tip
De Minaur was devastated for missing last year’s home Slam. And it seems he wants to make this one worth the wait. The manner in which he teared Sandgren’s game to pieces makes me fear for Cuevas in this one. If the Aussie comes out all guns blazing, this could end quickly for the Uruguayan veteran.
Tip: De Minaur to win in straight sets: 4/7 (bet365)