On January 21, Pablo Cuevas, a favorite of the local public, will appear on the courts in Melbourne. On this day he will have to fight with Gilles Simon. What will be the result of the match between the two old-stagers? – here is our prediction.
Cuevas had five matches, in which he gained only one victory. At the ATP Cup, the Uruguayan performed terribly, frankly speaking – three losses in three games. Moreover, in two starting events, Cuevas managed to win only four games.
His only victory Pablo Cuevas has won in 2020 in the first round of the tournament in Auckland, where he defeated American Railay Opelka in three sets (5-7, 7-6, 7-6).
Gilles Simon, 35, looking back on his age has apparently decided to participate in only two matches before the Australian Open, in order to approach the tournament fully prepared.
In the first match of the new season Simon defeated South African Lloyd Harris in three sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-2). This match was played as part of the ATP Cup. A week later, the Frenchman lost to his compatriot Jeremy Chardy (3-6, 5-7) in the first round of the tournament in Auckland.
Statistics and personal meetings
- In the 2011 Simon met with Cuevas on an outdoor hard of the ATP Masters in Miami, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, the Frenchman won.
- 2013 Roland Garros, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, Simon won again
Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon
Simon seems to feel himself confident in a match with the Uruguayan, for he has won both two previous times with him . The only thing that can put a crimp into his confidence is that Simon had only two games before the Australian Open. Although, it is quite possible that Gilles, due to his age (35 years old), decided to save his strength in anticipation of the start of the first year in the Grand Slam tournament in order to come to the competition fresh and full of strength.
- Our prediction – Gilles Simon to win.