World number 35 Reilly Opelka of USA will be up against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the first round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Reilly Opelka v Pablo Cuevas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Reilly Opelka v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the 2020 Adelaide International which Cuevas managed to win in a gruelling three-setter.
Opelka Confident After Rome Outing
Life on court looked to have become difficult to handle for Opelka. At least that’s what it seemed to the outsiders as the American crashed to one defeat after another throughout the season.
The tweak in the ranking system obviously prevented him from a freefall on the ATP Rankings but that didn’t take away from the fact he had won just two of the nine matches he had played all season before coming to Rome.
Which is why when he took to court for his opening round match at the Italian Open against Richard Gasquet he was the second favourite.
He was the second-favourite against Lorenzo Musetti in the second round.
And again against Aslan Karatsev in the third and Federico Delbonis in the quarterfinal.
Opelka won them all, and in straight sets, in a performance that set some of his horrible clay record straight as well. The American had a career record of 2-10 on this surface before Rome and all of sudden he had tripled his win count.
Can he now prove it wasn’t a flash in a pan?
Cuevas Needs to Come into His Own on Clay
He is a six-time ATP winner and all of his titles have come on clay. No surprise then that Cuevas didn’t quite play any tennis after finishing his Australian Open duties and has returned to the sport only after the clay court swing resumed.
Cuevas hasn’t had the best of times though. He started off with a win in the first round at the Munich Open over Tennys Sandgren but following that result, the Uruguayan and former top-20 player lost three in a row.
That included qualifying defeats at the Madrid and Rome Masters, coming in straight sets as well.
That is also why his qualifying victories over Jakub Paul and Lorenzo Giustino should hold in a good stead – or at least better than the last few weeks – as he looks to get back to his winning ways.
Against him is a player who hasn’t done so well on clay other than his previous tournament, which could give Cuevas a chance.
Opelka v Cuevas Prediction and Tip
While bookmakers have installed Opelka as a favourite – and a rather short one at that – we think Cuevas will have his chances here on clay. Expect him to win a set at least.