World number 102 Pablo Cuevas has an intriguing clash with Arthur Cazaux in the second round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Wednesday, May 19. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Cuevas v Arthur Cazaux match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Cuevas v Arthur Cazaux Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Cuevas and the 517th-ranked Cazaux.
Cazaux Sends Out Fellow Frenchman
Not that Adrian Mannarino’s form this season has been any good but coming up against the 517th-ranked Cazaux, he would have expected to come through. Instead it was Cazaux who shone through and won his maiden ATP main draw match in Geneva.
It took Cazaux two hours and 27 minutes, sure, but he will cherish the win, with the Frenchman coming through 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Making the win even more special was the fact Cazaux faced a mere two break-points in the entire match and was broken just once – it came in the fifth game of the opening set. From there on, it took Mannarino a tie-breaker to clinch the equaliser but was then broken in the eighth game of the third set to lose the match.
Cazaux did leave a mark on the Madrid Masters qualifiers earlier this month too.
Facing Sebastian Korda in the opening round, the 9/2 odds didn’t deter him too much as he went on to claim a straight-set win with another of the sets going into a tie-breaker. He lost the second round of qualification there but not before he had pushed Alexei Popyrin as well – in short, there have been three tie-breakers in the three matches he has played.
Cuevas Shocks Opelka in Opener
We had pointed out how Reilly Opelka had gone into this match against Cuevas as a favourite but expected the latter to cause bit of a kerfuffle in the encounter.
The six-time ATP tournament champion did that and more as he surprised Opelka in straight sets to march in round two. Cuevas won 7-6 (5), 6-2 in an hour and 26 minutes in a shock result against a player ranked 35th in the world.
Cuevas had come into the match with three successive defeats under his belt, including the Madrid and Rome Masters qualifiers, where he didn’t win a set.
Wins against Jakub Paul and Lorenzo Giustino in the qualifiers here might have helped him regain some of his lost confidence given he had won just four matches this season and to then not get broken the entire match would have propelled that to another level high.
Cuevas now takes on a player ranked outside the top 500 who is playing his maiden ATP tournament. This could be his chance to get to a rare quarterfinal.
Cuevas v Cazaux Prediction and Tip
Cuevas is 1/2 to win this but in Cazaux he has a youngster who he might not have seen too much of so far. We could see a tight start as a result of that.