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Thiem sets up Monfils showdown after Cuevas win

Thiem sets up Monfils showdown after Cuevas win
By Eurosport

01/06/2019 at 14:15Updated 01/06/2019 at 18:01

Dominic Thiem survived a scare against Pablo Cuevas to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The Austrian looked to be cruising after clinching the first set against his Uruguayan opponent but the No 4 seed conceded the second 6-4.

Thiem was helped by an effective kick serve out wide, and he also made life difficut for his opponent with top-spin forehands.

However, Thiem, who will be one of the favourites to take the title due to his clay-court prowess closed out the match, winning the final two sets 6-2 7-5. The win was his third match of the tournament so far which has gone ot four sets.

He now faces No 14 seed – and home favourite – Gael Monfils in the last 16.

Monfils had no trouble seeing off fellow Frenchman Antoine Hoang, whose wild-card run came to an end in a 6-3 6-2 6-3 defeat on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Thiem's opponent, world number 47 and claycourt expert Cuevas, was a tougher nut to crack but it was a matter of when, not if, for the Austrian.

Additional reporting from Reuters. More to follow…