Cuevas vs. Cecchinato / ATP Rome – The last Masters played on clay surface will start next week in Rome. The title defender from previous season is A. Zverev, who defeated N. Djokovic in the last year’s final. We have decided that the first analysis from this tournament covers match between Uruguayan P. Cuevas and Italian M. Cecchinato. Begins: 14.05.2018 – 11:00 CET
Cuevas plays quite variably this season which is why his win/loss ratio before the Masters in Rome is 15-8. In his professional career that started 2004 Cuevas won six ATP titles out of which all of them at tournaments played on clay courts. He won the last one in Sao Paolo in 2017. The Uruguayan currently occupies the 47th place in the ATP rank list, and he held the best rating in 2016 when he was the World’s no. 19.
Cuevas played the best this year at the tournament in Sao Paolo, where he, as the title defender, reached the semi-finals when was stopped by F. Fognini. The Uruguayan made the second best result at the Masters in Indian Wells where he reached the fourth round, when he lost to H. Chung. Almost all other tournaments played this year had ended for him in first two rounds of the main draw.
Cecchinato is 25-year old Italian player who reached the best rating in his career this season. He had occupied the 59th place in the ATP list 15 days ago but by the Masters in Rome the rating went down for five positions but that doesn’t spoil positive impression made this season. Biggest contribution for his advancement is his first ATP title that he won in Budapest in April this year.
Cecchinato has reached the final after going through the qualifications, where he defeated J. Millman in the final round. The Italian played mostly at Challengers this season where he won one title. Regarding the ATP tour, besides the said tournament in Budapest the Italian hasn’t made significant results given fact that almost all tournaments ended for him in first two rounds. In accordance with that is his win/loss ratio this season 7-7.
P. Cuevas – M. Cecchinato PICK
The two players haven't met before. Both of them have achieved better results on clay courts, which should make their head-to-head interesting. Clearly, Cuevas is far more experienced and has made better results, but Cecchinato will enjoy support from large number of passionate fans and we expect to put up solid resistance to favoured Cuevas and win at least one set.
Pick: Cecchinato +1.5 sets
Odds: 1,61 at 10bet (down to 1.56 can be played)
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