Cuevas vs. Sock
Jack Sock hopes to return to his best level in Madrid. The American has not lived up to expectations this season after winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Paris last November and reaching the last four at the 2017 ATP Nitto Finals. In addition to his poor 36.36% winning record in 2018, the 25-year-old failed to win a single match this season against top-50 opponents. Moreover, Sock suffered an unexpected defeat on his previous appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open against Nicolas Mahut in the opening round.
Playing in Madrid brings great memories to Pablo Cuevas with the Uruguayan reaching the semi-finals in 2018. Known for having one of the best kick serve on the ATP World tour, the high elevation of Madrid suits Pablo’s style with the ball bouncing much higher than at sea level. Adding to this, Cuevas only lost one match throughout his entire career on this event when priced as favourite.
The bookmakers expect a close encounter with Pablo as the slight favourite at 77/100 at 5Dimes while Sock is available at 11/10 at William Hill. Despite Sock’s undeniable talent, it won’t be easy for the American to overcome such a tough opponent on this surface as Cuevas. On the other hand, the tricky conditions in Madrid should benefit the Uruguayan on this match. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on Pablo’s moneyline at 77/100 at green listed bookmaker 5Dimes as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Pablo Cuevas ML at 77/100 at 5Dimes