At 35 years old, Pablo Cuevas going through a very good time. This is how the Uruguayan tennis leader is shown at the start of the 2021 season. The world No. 70 won again with authority and made his way to the round of 16 at the ATP Great Ocean Road Open, one of the anterooms of the Australian Open.
In Melbourne, on its hard courts, Cuevas, former Top 20 of the individual ranking, came from surpassing the Spanish Pablo Andújar (59 °), being the 14th favorite, and on Wednesday he beat the Dutch Robin Haase (198 °) by 7-5 and 6-3.
Thus, the older of the Cuevas brothers put an end to the adverse streak against Haase, since he had lost both previous duels, both on concrete and one on the same tour, 10 years ago, in Auckland.
With this success, the Uruguayan will face in the next round, but not on Thursday, for the temporary suspension of activity in the ATP and WTA plus the ATP Cup, due to a positive covid case of an employee of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. The players and their collaborators must be tested and the action would resume on Friday.
Cuevas’ third rival this week, a few days before the Australian Open, will be Pole Hubert Hurkacz (29th), third seed in the tournament.
Cuevas, with great experience in professionalism, surpassed 230 victories in singles and is going for more, excited to have a good task in the first Grand Slam of the season.