Chung vs. Cuevas / ATP Indian Wells – This round of 16 match of the Masters in Indian Wells brings us a duel between Korean H. Chung and Uruguayan P. Cuevas. In previous round Chung eliminated T. Berdych in two sets, while Cuevas didn’t play till his match the end since D. Thiem retired in the third set. Begins: 14.03.2018 – 19:00 CET
Chung made constant progress last season and he became new champion of the Next Gen Finals played in Milan. The Korean continued to play well in the new season in which he won 12 and lost 5 matches so far. He currently occupies the 26th place in the ATP rank list, which is at the same time the best result of his career. In order to give you better picture of progress that young Korean player made we need to mention that he was World’s no. 102 exactly one year ago, and he progressed in the ATP list for 32 positions only this season.
He started the season in Brisbane where he was defeated in the second round by K. Edmund. He made one step further at the tournament in Sydney where he reached the quarter-finals when he lost to D. Ferrer. Chung made the best result of his career so far at the Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals in which his opponent was R. Federer, however he surrendered the match. Before Indian Wells Chung played in two more quarter-finals; in Delray Beach and Acapulco, and he lost to F. Tiafoe and K. Anderson, respectively.
Cuevas plays well this season, which can be seen through his win/loss ratio 8-5. The Uruguayan had the best rating in his career around mid-2016 when he was World’s no. 19. Cuevas arrived to Indian Wells being 34th ranked player in the ATP list. In 14 years of professional career Cuevas managed to win six ATP titles, where all were won on tournaments that use clay surface.
As it could be expected, most tournaments that Cuevas played this season utilise courts with clay surface. The Uruguayan reached one semi-final in Sao Paolo and he lost it to F. Fognini. Regarding matches played on hard surface, second round was the final reach for Cuevas.
H. Chung – P. Cuevas PICK
The two players have never met before. We have said that Cuevas is much stronger on tournaments played on clay courts, while exactly the opposite can be said for Chung. That is why is clear that Chung should be the one who should win this match.
Pick: Chung -3.5 games
Odds: 1.70 at mybet (down to 1.65 can be played)