Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Cuevas LIVE updates: Paris Masters latest score Rafael Nadal secured his world No 1 status on Wednesday with a convincing win over Chung Hyeon. He remains on course to win the Paris Masters and started the tournament as favourite. Cuevas edged Nadal’s compatriot Albert Ramos in the previous round 6-7 7-6 6-2. That marathon match came off the back of a routine 6-4 6-2 win over Karen Khachanov. Nadal is the heavy favourite for this tie but Uruguay star Cuevas will be hoping to produce an upset. Follow Nadal vs Cuevas LIVE with Express Sport below…. RAFAEL NADAL VS PABLO CUEVAS LIVE ( denotes server) Nadal 6-3 6-7 2-0 Cuevas BREAK At 30-30 Nadal forces an error out of Cuevas. Could he break? Another long rally ensues and Nadal finally wins it, hitting the baseline the eluded him so often in the second set. BREAK. Nadal 6-3 6-7 1-0 Cuevas Cuevas plants the shot of the match, clipping down the line before Nadal can reach it. But the Spaniard is in control and holds to 15. Nadal 6-3 6-7 Cuevas – CUEVAS WINS THE SECOND SET TIE BREAK 5-7: SECOND SET CUEVAS. Another rally and Nadal goes for the winner but AGAIN hits long. Time for a comfort break. 5-6: Ah! Nadal nets coming forward again! He works himself in a position to finish off the rally but messes up the volley. MINI BREAK 5-5: Boom. Nadal sends down a monster serve of his own. 4-5: Ace. Cuevas back in front. 4-4: Frustration on Nadal’s face as he comes forward but nets a volley 4-3: Cuevas breaks back, sending a forehand past Nadal MINI BREAK 4-2: Ace for Nadal sees the players change ends 3-2: Nadal nets 3-1 Cuevas hits long MINI BREAK 2-1: Cuevas is wide and Nadal keeps his points in tact. 1-1: Nadal hits back 0-1: First point to the Uruguayan. Nadal 6-3 6-6 Cuevas Oh dear. We have some complaints here. At 30-30 Cuevas isn’t happy with a line call. He’s out of challenges and goes to the chair umpire but he’s told there’s nothing he can do. Nadal 6-3 5-6 Cuevas It’s make or break time for Nadal if he wants an early bath tonight. But he barely gets a chance as Cuevas opens up a 30-0 lead. A glorious serve and winner, finding the open court with a Radwanska-like twist, puts Cuevas further ahead and then an ace sees him hold to love. Nadal 6-3 5-5 Cuevas Nadal, serving to stay in the set, loses the first point and then goes 15-30 down. Is this a window for Cuevas here? Nadal draws level as Cuevas goes long with a defensive lob. Moments later and Nadal holds. He fires two sat-up forehands down Cuevas’ right-hand side and we’re now at 5-5. Nadal 6-3 4-5 Cuevas Nadal wins an early point off the Cuevas serve for the first time in a long time. But at 15-15 the Spaniard nets a slice backhand. And Cuevas then dispatches two serves that his opponent cannot return. This is surely heading for a tie-break. Nadal 6-3 4-4 Cuevas Nadal, like his opponent in the previous game, romps to 40-0 up with ease. Cuevas saves a game point but on the next his sends a service return well long. Hold. Nadal 6-3 3-4 Cuevas Both men have been incredibly dominant on the serve so far. We’ve barely had any deuces (and yes I know there’s been three breaks but still). Cuevas races into a 40-0 lead, planting a forehand down the line into the open court. He aces his next point to hold to love. Nadal 6-3 3-3 Cuevas Nadal breezes into a 30-0 lead and then wins the next point, dispatching a backhand past Cuevas. He see out the game with an ace out wide. Nadal 6-3 2-3 Cuevas At 30-15 Nadal challenges a line call and it’s in… by about a 20th of the ball. Cuevas hits wide in the next point to keep the world No 1 in the game. And then Nadal plays a wondrous shot almost around the net post to plant a forehand down the line! Deuce. Cuevas delivers an unreturnable serve for the advantage before Nadal hits long. And that’s the game. Nadal 6-3 2-2 Cuevas BREAK Oh dear! Nadal has been broken as Cuevas gets revenge from the previous game. The Spaniard saves one break point at 15-40 but then messes up at the start of a rally and we’re even again. BREAK Nadal 6-3 2-1 Cuevas BREAK Ah! Cuevas, already 0-15 down, goes for the open court after penning Nadal in on his backhand… but misses! Cuevas brings it back to 15-30 and Nadal then sends a forehand freakishly wide. Crisis over for the Uruguayan. Or is it? Nadal then claims the next point… he has a break opportunity here. Cuevas nets with his first serve, the second is good but then he nets after Rafa’s return! The was a gift of a BREAK! Nadal 6-3 1-1 Cuevas Does Cuevas have a chance here? He goes 0-30 up as Nadal again fluffs his lines. But moments later two monster serves bring the Spaniard level. Cuevas than nets a service return… and he wraps up the hold with an unreturnable bomb out wide. Nadal 6-3 0-1 Cuevas A lovely winer form Cuevas gives him a 40-15 lead and Nadal goes wide on the next point. You get the feeling Cuevas was unlucky to lose that first set. He’s forced Nadal to miss the mark so many times already. Nadal 6-3 Cuevas – NADAL WINS THE FIRST SET Nadal, serving for the set, goes 30-0 up as Cuevas tries a backhand down the line that doesn’t hit its target. Cuevas then nets and Nadal has three chances to claim the first set. He squanders the first. And then nets the second. And then the third from the baseline! Deuce. Nadal doesn’t look happy. He should have had this set wrapped up. When then follows is a glorious rally that ends with Nadal volleying home at the net – the ball scraping the line. Ands then he aces for the set! Nadal 5-3 Cuevas Cuevas serves at 30–0 and Nadal goes for the return but it’s long. Cuevas then aces down the T to hold to love. Only one point has gone against the server in the last three games now. Nadal 5-2 Cuevas Needless to say the serve is dominating here. Nadal pushes Cuevas in every direction to go 30-0 up… before hitting long to halve the advantage. An unreturnable serve out wide give the US Open champion two game points… and he takes the first with another monster delivery. Nadal 4-2 Cuevas Cuevas makes sure he won’t be broken again as he storms to a hold to love, acing his last serve. Nadal 4-1 Cuevas Now then, can Cuevas hit rick back? He clips the ball off the frame and into the stands for 30-15. The Uruguayan brings it back but Nadal again edges ahead with a winner… but the Spaniard misses his mark on a backhand off his service return and it’s deuce. Cuevas goes long to hand the advantage to his opponent and moments later Nadal is sat back on his seat with a 4-1 lead. Nadal 3-1 Cuevas BREAK Nadal moved 0-30 up as Cuevas for some reason hits into the Spaniard’s stinging forehand instead of the open court. The Uruguayan goes long and there are three break points for Nadal. The first break point is saved, as is the second. Wow! An ace brings it to deuce! A beautiful backhand into the corner earns Nadal the advantage. Cuevas then hits long and on the challenge loses the game. BREAK Nadal 2-1 Cuevas That’s lovely from Nadal. He comes to the net at 30-15 up and plays two volleys – the second Cuevas cannot reach. A double fault keeps Cuevas in it but Nadal eventually takes the game as his opponent hits the net cord. Nadal 1-1 Cuevas Cuevas gets his first points of the match and some heavy serving sees him edge 40-30 up. Another decent serve and it’s game. Nadal 1-0 Cuevas After warming up for what seems like an age we finally get underway. Nadal serves first and wins the opening point as Cuevas goes long. He races into a 40-0 lead and picks out a forehand winner to claim the game to love. Players warming up Both men have come out, done their photo obligations and are now warming up. Sock wins Right then! Sock beats Pouille and we’re ready for Rafa! (And Pablo, of course). They’ll be out on court any minute now. Nadal vs Cuevas delayed 6.30pm: Just a quick heads up on the scheduling in Paris. Nadal vs Cuevas is set to start at 6.30pm. But that won’t happen as Jack Sock and Lucas Pouille are still on court. Sock won the first set 7-6 but were with serve in the second at 4-3 to the American. When this match eventually finishes, Nadal and Cuevas will start warming up. Rafael Nadal on being world No 1 Nadal gave his reaction to being confirmed the end-of-year world No 1 yesterday. “I’m very very happy for everything. It’s been an amazing year,” he said after the match. “One year ago for sure I never dreamed of being world No 1 at the end of the season so I’m very happy for everything. “But the season is not over, I’m here in Paris and want to carry on this amazing season.”. Nadal vs Cuevas head to head Rafael Nadal has won three matches over Pablo Cuevas but the latter will take solace from his sole victory against the Spaniard. Nadal and Cuevas first met at the 2015 Brazil Open on clay, where the Spaniard won 4-6 7-5 6-0. Nadal also beat Cuevas in two sets on the Hamburg clay later that year. But in 2016 Cuevas edged the Spaniard 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-4 in the Brazil Open semi-finals. Nadal got his revenge in Cincinnati on their only hard-court meeting later that year. Welcome Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Cuevas. It’s fair to say Nadal is the heavy favourite for this match in Paris. He has excelled on the hard courts in recent months and will. Your average fan might not know much about Cuevas and at 31 years old the word No 36 is maybe heading into the twilight of his career. Cuevas’ last title was at the Brazil Open in May and he has never won an ATP Tour trophy not on that surface.

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