Pablo Cuevas vs. Alex de Minaur - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Second Round
Thursday, February 11 2021
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Alex de Minaur (21) meets Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11th, 2021.
Will the local favourite Alex de Minaur put on another solid performance here in the second round, or will the flamboyant playing style of Pablo Cuevas be too much for the youngster?
Pablo Cuevas put on a show against Andreas Seppi in the first round on Tuesday, beating the Italian veteran in 4 sets 6-4/4-6/6-2/6-2. Cuevas looks in great form, but he still had some moments in those first two sets where we could question his decision making a bit. Cuevas will never be 100% comfortable on these courts as he is more of a clay courter, but he can still put on a show for the fans with his amazing feel for the ball. Will Pablo Cuevas, however, have enough to beat the in form youngster in Alex de Minaur?
Alex de Minaur absolutely destroyed Tennys Sandgren in his first round match, beating the American veteran in straight sets 7-5/6-1/6-1. Alex has been playing some great tennis over the last year, and he will definitely want to make 2021 his best season, showing us all that he can compete with the best in the world on the biggest stages. De Minaur will be happy with this draw for now as if he wins this one, he knows he can most likely win the next one against either Fabio Fognini or Salvatore Caruso. However, he still needs to get the job done here.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and it is going to be a very fun match to watch. Both players bring some incredible shot making when they step on the court, and the fans will definitely be entertained whilst watching the match. When it comes to who is going to get the job done here, I would expect this to be Alex de Minaur who has been in incredible form recently. If this was on clay, it would be a much tighter encounter, where both players could win. But as it is in Australia, on hard courts, this should be an Alex de Minaur victory.