World no. 195, Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, will take on Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, the world number 142, in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Wednesday, May 25. Get the live streaming options of this Aljaz Bedene v Pablo Cuevas match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Aljaz Bedene v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
The pair have played each other twice before, both matches coming on clay, with Cuevas winning each time in straight sets. Their first match with in the first round of this tournament four years ago, and the second in the quarter-finals of Cordoba, a year later.
Bedene Overcomes Australian Wildcard
Bedene is still trying to get back to full fitness after an extended break from the sport occasioned by contracting Covid.
He had only won one match on clay this year prior to Sunday, but improved on that record with a four set win over the Australian wildcard, Christopher O’Connell, the world number 117.
The Slovenian began the match in the best possible fashion, breaking the O’Connell serve in the opening game. One more break helped him ease to the first set.
The pair swapped breaks early in the second set, but having seen the Australian save three break points, Bedene broke again and soon had a two set lead.
Again breaks were exchanged early in the third set, but although further opportunities were created, especially by the Australian, no further breaks occurred and it went to a tie-break.
O’Connell had already seen nine set points come and go, but he made the tenth count.
However, his revival in fortunes proved to be temporarily, as he dropped his serve early in the fourth set, and again, two games later. Bedene was able to ease to victory after that.
Cuevas Thrashes American
Cuevas is getting to the veteran stage of a career that saw him first enter qualifying for the French Open back in 2007.
However, in the intervening years he could have had fewer easier matches than his first round victory over the American Jenson Brooksby, ranked number 34 in the world, but who is one of those players who finds clay an alien surface.
The tone was set midway through the first set when the American was broken for the first time. Another break gave Cuevas the set.
An early break put him on his way in the second. Brooksby gave himself brief hope by creating two break points of his own, could not take them, and was ;promptly broken again.
The match was as good as over when the American was broken early in the third set, but, just for good measure, Cuevas underlined his dominance with a further break.
They had been on court for a little more than an hour and a half, meaning Cuevas was able to save his 36-year old legs from doing much work.
Bedene v Cuevas Prediction and Tip
In light of their head to head record on clay, Cuevas must be regarded as the clear favourite for this match.