Cuevas vs. Berdych
|Date & Time||Saturday May 28, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Tomas Berdych and Pablo Cuevas square off in the third round of the 2016 French Open.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a four set win over Malek Jaziri that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 82 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Berdych has really shined in his first two matches, as he’s hit 59 winners and continues to win a very high percentage of his first serve points. The scary part is that Berdych is getting no more than 56 percent of his first serves in play, a number he can clearly improve. Berdych has yet to play his best tennis, which is good for someone looking for another deep grand slam run. Berdych has reached the fourth round in six straight grand slam appearances.
Pablo Cuevas is coming off a straight sets win over Quentin Halys that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Cuevas won 85 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Cuevas has produced a combined 89 winners and has 30 aces in his first two matches. Cuevas is looking sharp right now and hungry for some real grand slam success. Cuevas continues what has been a bounce back season, as he’s won two singles titles this year and is back inside the top-30 in the world. Cuevas has three career wins over top-10 players, which includes Rafael Nadal this season. Cuevas has never made the fourth round of a grand slam.
These two have met once, which was in the 2015 Beijing Open, a match Cuevas won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to decide. This will obviously be their first match on clay.
Cuevas may be playing the better tennis at the moment, however, he’s had little to no grand slam success. Say what you will about Berdych, but the guy is a rock and has been consistent in grand slams, as he’s made at least the fourth round every year since the 2014 US Open. Experience and ability to rise in big moments matters.
I’ll take Berdych in four sets.