Pablo Cuevas vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Argentina Open.
Pablo Cuevas is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Cuevas won 74 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Cuevas won 61 percent of his total service points and converted on all four of his break points. Cuevas has won all four sets this tournament and has produced nine breaks on 14 break chances. If that’s a percentage that continues, Cuevas has a chance to push for a title. Obviously, this is the toughest test for Cuevas yet. Cuevas has a chance to win three matches in back-to-back tournaments for the first time since Sao Paulo and Indian Wells in 2017. Cuevas has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Maximilian Marterer that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 70 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Thiem won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. It was a nice bounce back performance from Thiem, who entered this tournament losing eight of his last 10 matches and having a hard time with unforced errors. Thiem has a chance to win back-to-back matches for the first time since making the semifinals in Paris. Thiem has won three of his last five matches on clay court.
These two have split the previous four meetings. Cuevas won the most recent match in Indian Wells of last year in three sets. Thiem has won two of the three matches on clay. Two of the four matches have been decided in straight sets.
This match isn’t a slam-dunk when you consider the struggles Thiem has been dealing with lately and the fact Cuevas has success against him. With that said, Thiem is head and shoulders the better player and is playing on his favorite surface, the same surface he’s won two of the three matches against Cuevas. As long as Thiem limits the silly errors, he should be fine.
I like Thiem in straight sets.