2020 Australian Open – Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon? Light rain expected, 21c

What channel is Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Pablo Cuevas and Gilles Simon? Gilles Simon beat Pablo Cuevas 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

PABLO CUEVAS

  • Pablo Cuevas could not win a singles match for ATP Cup minnows Uruguay to kick-start his 2020 and he was knocked out of the Adelaide International by Tommy Paul on Wednesday after an excellent first-round win over Reilly Opelka.
  • 34-year-old Cuevas is a former Roland-Garros champion in the doubles and did manage a victory over Georgia at the ATP Cup alongside Ariel Behar, so he might find more joy in the doubles draw here.
  • Cuevas has never beaten Gilles Simon in two previous attempts, although the pair have not met since 2013 where the Uruguayan took the first set in a second-round loss at Roland-Garros.

GILLES SIMON

  • 35-year-old Gilles Simon comes into what will be his 14th Australian Open off the back of a first-round loss to compatriot Jeremy Chardy at the Adelaide International.
  • Simon played a pivotal role at the ATP Cup for France before that as the team captain and also stepped in as back-up for an injured Gael Monfils to beat South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, allowing Benoit Paire to take on Kevin Anderson.
  • Now world number 60, Simon has not failed to win his first match at the Australian Open since 2007 and has previously reached as far as the quarter-final where he lost to Rafael Nadal in 2009.

THE PREDICTION

This match is likely to fall by the wayside in the first round between two veterans of the game but it should be a decent contest. Pablo Cuevas beat a powerful serving machine in Reilly Opelka at the Adelaide International leading up to this match and while Gilles Simon is a different player, Opelka is a sizeable scalp at this level. This could go either way, but the Frenchman has the experience needed to overthrow a player ranked 16 places higher than him to come through here.

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