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Cuevas' first match of the tournament came against qualifier Ricardo Ojeda Lara, and the Uruguayan had little trouble winning that one. Cuevas emerged with a 6-0, 6-4 win against the Spaniard, with the 32-year-old appearing to be in strong form.
Cuevas has always been a player that is most comfortable on clay, and you can look to his Grand Slam performances to back that up. He has never made it further than the second round anywhere except for at Roland Garros, where he has made it to the third round in three straight years.
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With a style of play that puts a heavy emphasis on topspin and playing the angles, it makes sense that the clay-court season is one that Cuevas is constantly looking forward to.
Mannarino, meanwhile, is the 11th-seeded player in this tournament, and he did not have to play a first-round match. The 29-year-old is struggling coming into this event, as he has lost three straight matches after his early exits in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo.
Cuevas also happens to be 2-0 in his only two meetings with Mannarino, and both of those wins came on clay. The two met at the French Open back in 2013 and then again at the Rome Masters last year. The French Open match was an extremely competitive five-setter, but Cuevas won in straight sets in Rome.
Mannarino isn't going to be too concerned about the matchup, though. Despite the fact that he has never beaten Cuevas in his career, he knows that he is capable of doing so. The Frenchman has youth on his side, and Cuevas' playing style isn't the type that will throw Mannarino off.
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