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Thiem vs Cuevas ATP Buenos Aires live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem and Cuevas meet for the fifth time in Argentina Open quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 15 Feb 2019
  • Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas is live from Buenos Aires around 7.00pm local time on Friday (10.00pm GMT)
  • The pair have split their previous four meetings at two wins apiece
Dominic Thiem (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

World No. 8 Dominic Thiem continues his Argentina Open title defence when he squares off against Pablo Cuevas in the quarter-finals on Friday in Buenos Aires.

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Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas clash for the fifth time on Friday in the Argentina Open quarter-finals with their head-to-head level at 2-2 - who emerges triumphant and secures their spot in the final four?

Thiem improved to a flawless 10-0 record in Buenos Aires as he won his first match in over a month over Maximilian Marterer on Thursday night. Playing his first tournament since retiring from the Australian Open in the second round and withdrawing from Davis Cup and the Cordoba Open with illness, Thiem was made to work harder than the 6-4 6-4 scoreline suggests, but after dropping serve twice in the second set, he was able to steady the ship and finish off the German in straight sets. All in all, it was a pass mark for Thiem, who has been struggling with a mystery illness over the last couple of months but has now seemingly recovered.

The Austrian has fond memories of the Argentina Open after claiming just his second top 10 win when he beat Rafael Nadal on his way to the 2016 title, while he secured his second crown in Buenos Aires last year with a victory over Aljaz Bedene in the final. The top seed once again at the Argentina Open, Thiem is the heavy favourite to earn a three-peat at the tournament, especially with second seed Fabio Fognini crashing out before the quarter-finals.

Eight of Thiem’s 11 career titles have come on clay, including three in South America, while the other four have come in Europe, including last year in Lyon. That triumph came just before Thiem advanced into the first Grand Slam final of his career at the French Open, but despite being able to claim a win over Nadal at the Madrid Masters a month prior, he was unable to do any damage to the King of Clay in Paris, losing in straight sets as Nadal collected a record 11th Roland Garros title.

Thiem would go on to win his just his second hardcourt title indoors in St. Petersburg and make his first Grand Slam quarter-final on hardcourt at the U.S. Open, where he pushed Nadal to a fifth-set tiebreak in one of the matches of the tournament. Thiem also made the semi-finals of the Paris Masters and qualified for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals for the fourth time, but he couldn’t make it out of the group for the first time, beating Kei Nishikori but losing in straight sets to Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer.

Pablo Cuevas (Photo by GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Pablo Cuevas also loves playing on clay in this part of the world, with four of his six clay-court titles coming in South America, including three Sao Paolo trophies from 2015-17 and the ATP 500 Rio de Janiero silverware in 2016. Cuevas also picked up titles in 2014 in Umag and Bastad as he bounced back from career-threatening knee and back injuries that sidelined him for the better part of two years between 2011 and 2013 and caused his ranking to drop outside the top 1000.


Cuevas would hit his career-high ranking of No. 19 in 2016 and started to make more of an impact at the bigger tournaments in 2017, reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at the Madrid Masters, while he also made the quarter-finals of Indian Wells and earned his career-best victory over No. 3 Stan Wawrinka on his way to the last eight at Monte-Carlo. However, the Uruguayan endured more injury problems in 2018, most notably a broken foot that forced him out of the second half of the season, with his ranking dropping to as low as No. 87 as a result - his lowest mark since 2014.

There are signs Cuevas is slowly regaining his best tennis though - he pushed Grigor Dimitrov to four sets in the second round of the Australian Open and advanced to the semi-finals in Cordoba last week, losing in three sets to Guido Pella. The 33-year-old is yet to drop a set in making the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires this week, crushing Marcelo Arevalo 6-2 6-1 before taking out Joao Sousa by a 6-4 7-5 scoreline.

Cuevas won the first and last meetings between the pair at the 2015 French Open and 2018 Indian Wells Masters, while Thiem prevailed in their two other clashes in Madrid and Rome in 2017. With Cuevas starting to get back to his best and Thiem still a bit rusty and lacking match-play, this could be quite a close contest on Friday - and also a very taxing one. Thiem should be better for the run after his opening match and you’ve got to give him the edge with his muscular groundstrokes so dangerous on clay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Cuevas took a set and possibly more.


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Thiem vs Cuevas ATP Buenos Aires live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem and Cuevas meet for the fifth time in Argentina Open quarter-finals

World No. 8 Dominic Thiem continues his Argentina Open title defence when he squares off against Pablo Cuevas in the quarter-finals on Friday in Buenos Aires.

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