Stefanos Tsitsipas has a great opportunity to make the semi finals with the Greek now becoming the highest seed in his quarter following the exit of Daniil Medvedev. He can move one step closer to that with a win over the veteran Pablo Cuevas, whom he beat just last week in straight sets in Hamburg.
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Despite being a clay specialist who has been ranked inside the top 20, Cuevas has not actually made it past the third round in Paris – falling at this stage four times overall. He earned his spot in the second round with a four set win over Henri Laaksonen.
Tsitsipas’s disastrous collapse in the Hamburg final meant he came into Paris ruing what could have been in his matchup with Andrey Rublev. It showed to begin with as Jaume Munar rushed into a two set lead against the Greek. However, he found his rhythm just in time to see off the Spaniard in five. “It wasn’t working out for me in the beginning. Nothing was working… But I am really proud of myself, the effort I put in and the amount of dedication.” he said of the match.
Tsitsipas will need to improve against a wily veteran like Cuevas, who may not be so forgiving with a lead. However, he will be confident having gone 3-0 against the Uruguayan previously. He will need to improve on serve and must ensure that the nerves shown in his two biggest matches of recent times are not here to stay.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets