Pablo Cuevas vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 23, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Austrian tennis superstar, Dominic Thiem is set to play at the 2019 ATP German Open. Thiem will begin his tournament in the opening round against Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay.
Dominic Thiem had an extremely poor Wimbledon campaign where he was eliminated in the opening round. Grass has always been a weak surface for Thiem. Returning to clay should give a boost to Dominic Thiem as the Austrian has an outstanding record on clay. In 2019, Dominic Thiem has already beaten Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on clay. Thiem has made the final of the French Open and won the Barcelona Open during this season.
Dominic Thiem is the top seed for this tournament and he should be very tough to beat considering his record on clay in 2019.
On the other side of the coin, Pablo Cuevas has not been playing well. Since the French Open, Cuevas has a record of 3-1 which is very poor. Similar to Dominic Thiem, Pablo Cuevas plays his best tennis on clay and that is evident as the Uruguayan has a record 29-12 on this surface in 2019. Pablo Cuevas has made the final of 10 ATP events which have all taken place on clay. Despite an impressive record, I see Pablo Cuevas struggling in this match as he is playing against the number 4 seed.
Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem have played each other 6 times in the past. Thiem has won on 4 occasions while Cuevas has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the French Open. Dominic Thiem won that match in 4 sets. Thiem and Cuevas have met on clay 5 times in the past with Them winning on 4 occasions. Pablo Cuevas’s only win over Dominic Thiem on clay was in 2015 at Roland Garros.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Despite a poor Wimbledon campaign, Thiem still looks in good form as he has had an extremely strong clay-court season. Thiem has a great record against Cuevas and I see the Austrian having enough to beat the Uruguayan again.