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Cilic vs Cuevas ATP Budapest R2 predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 25 Apr 2019
  • Marin Cilic and Pablo Cuevas clash in the second round of ATP Budapest on Thursday
  • This will be the first career meeting between the pair
  • Cilic has lost five of his last six matches
Marin Cilic (PA Images)

Marin Cilic vs Pablo Cuevas ATP Budapest second round match preview, predictions and betting tips - struggling Cilic faces dangerous clay courter Cuevas in Budapest debut…

Date: Thursday April 25
Time: 2.00pm local time (1.00pm BST)
Court: Centre Court

Cilic vs Cuevas predictions


Struggling for wins and horrendously out of form, Marin Cilic makes his Budapest debut when he takes on Pablo Cuevas in the second round on Thursday.

Taking a late wildcard into the Hungarian Open in an attempt to score some much-needed wins and confidence before big clay events in Madrid, Rome and of course Roland Garros, Cilic has been in absolutely dire form in 2019.

The former World No. 3 is 4-5 for the season and hasn’t won back-to-back matches since the Australian Open. In fact, Cilic has won just one match since January, losing in the first rounds of Dubai, Miami and Monte-Carlo, while he lost his second match in Indian Wells. To be fair, Cilic has run into some good players - Denis Shapovalov, Gael Monfils, Andrey Rublev and an in-form Guido Pella in Monte-Carlo last week, but regardless, Cilic needs to be beating at least half, if not all of them.

Can the Croatian recapture his best tennis in Budapest? He’s 8/11 @ William Hill to beat Cuevas.

Meanwhile, Cuevas does his best work on clay and has already played a lot of tennis on the surface in 2019, competing during the Golden Swing in South America, where he made semi-finals in Cordoba and Rio, along with the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires.

Cuevas has won all six of his ATP titles on clay and has a winning percentage of 60 on the surface, compared to 42 on hardcourt and grass. It’s clear Cuevas feels at home on the dirt and he comes into this match on the back of a six-match winning streak, claiming the Tunis Challenger last week and beating Yannick Maden in three sets in his Budapest opener. He’s 11/10 @ bet365 for the ‘upset’.

Cilic vs Cuevas match stats


  • This will be the first career meeting between the pair
  • Cilic has lost five of his last six matches
  • Cuevas is on a six-match winning streak

Cilic vs Cuevas betting tips


It’s extremely surprising that this is the first ever clash between Cilic and Cuevas considering how long both have been hanging around the top of the game. Obviously, Cilic should normally be considered the heavy favourite, but in this kind of form and on clay, I think Cuevas has the slight edge. The Uruguayan loves this surface and has the type of maddening consistency that could frustrate Cilic in his current stage, especially on clay, where you have to hit that extra ball and be patient when constructing points.

Cilic vs Cuevas odds


Cilic to win - 8/11 @ William Hill
Cuevas to win - 11/10 @ bet365

Cilic vs Cuevas recommended bet


Cuevas to win at 11/10 @ bet365

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