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Dominic Thiem v Pablo Cuevas ATP Indian Wells predictions & live stream: Thiem to battle past Cuevas

Leye Aduloju 12 Mar 2018
  • Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas is live from Indian Wells on Monday, 12 March from 6:00pm local time/ Tuesday, 13 March from 2:00am DST
  • Thiem has won two of thier three previous matches, but this is their first meeting on a hard court
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Dominic Thiem. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem continues his Indian Wells campaign on Monday when he takes on Uruguayan, Pablo Cuevas in the third round.

Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas ATP BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Monday, 12 March from 6:00pm local time. Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis

Thiem is looking to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells for the third year in a row, as he continues to seek a foothold on hard courts on the tour. The 24-year-old Austrian has one hard court title to his name, he was champion in Acapulco in 2016, but he has produced nothing of note on the surface since then, with just a couple of ATP 250 semi-finals to show for his efforts. He has arguably been the second-best player on clay behind Rafael Nadal over the past couple of seasons, but his performances and results on other surfaces need some serious brushing up.

Thiem has had a consistent but unspectacular start to the 2018 season, reaching the quarter finals or better in four of his first five tournaments. The world number six opened his season with a semi-final in Doha- he couldn’t play the semis because of fever; he then suffered a disappointing fourth round loss to the unheralded Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open. Clay brought some respite for Thiem as he claimed his first title of the season in Buenos Aires, but he crashed to surprise quarter final loss to Fernando Verdasco in Rio, where he was defending champion. Back on hard courts in Acapulco, the former champion reached the quarter finals again following an impressive straight-sets dispatch of Denis Shapovalov, but he was knocked out in the last eight by Juan Martin del Potro.

Thiem was not exactly convincing in his Indian Wells opener against Stefanos Tsitsipas, needing three sets to take down the Greek teenager. The two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist played a near-perfect opening set, dropping just four points on serve and conceding zero break points, but he couldn’t keep up that level, and that, coupled with Tsitsipas’ improvements, contributed to the Greek getting back into the contest, riding on an early break in the second set to force a decider. 

After an exchange of breaks in the deciding set, Thiem carved out the decisive break for a 5-3 lead before serving out the match to love in the next game. The next assignment for the Austrian is a third-round meeting with Pablo Cuevas, who impressed with a quarter final run at Indian Wells last season. 

Twelve months ago at Indian Wells, Cuevas took out Martin Klizan, Fabio Fognini and David Goffin before falling to Pablo Carreno Busta in a final set tie break. 

Pablo Cuevas. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
He also reached the quarter finals in Monte Carlo and the semi-finals in Madrid in a very good first half of the season. The second half of the season wasn’t as prolific as he suffered nine straight opening round defeats between Bastad and Vienna. The 32-year-old snapped that streak at the Paris Masters, where he beat Karen Khachanov and Albert Ramos-Vinolas before falling to Rafael Nadal in three sets.

Cuevas has done well to maintain a top 50 ranking for the last four years, having slipped out of the top-1000 following two years of injury-induced inactivity at the turn of the decade. The world number 34 started his 2018 with a second-round exit in Auckland; he lost out at the same stage at the Australian Open, before falling to Gael Monfils in the opening round in Buenos Aires. He picked up the pace with a quarter final in Rio, and then a semi-final in Sao Paolo, before opening his Indian Wells campaign with a fine 7-6 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

Cuevas ground out a four-set victory over Thiem in their first meeting at Roland Garros in 2015, but Thiem hit back with two wins in 2017- on the clay of Madrid and Rome. This will be their first encounter on hard courts.

Neither man plays his best tennis on hard courts, but Cuevas has fond memories of his last trip to Indian Wells; and is coming off a very good win over Shapovalov in the previous round. Hence, there is a good chance he could pull off the upset against Thiem on Monday. I’ll stick with Thiem as the slight favourite for this one!

Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas live from Indian Wells on Monday, 12 March from 6:00pm local time. Watch and bet on the match live at Unibet > live streaming > Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas

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Dominic Thiem v Pablo Cuevas ATP Indian Wells predictions & live stream: Thiem to battle past Cuevas

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