The Hungarian Open (also known as ATP Budapest) is one of the newest additions to the ATP Tour, having been first played in 2017. Lucas Pouille won the inaugural edition of this ATP Tour 250 Series event, whilst Marco Cecchinato won last year’s second edition. The tournament takes place on red clay courts at the Nemzeti Edzés Közpon and the 2019 edition will run from April 22-28.
The bookies have made world number 15 Borna Coric favourite for the third edition of the Hungarian Open, with world number 11 Marin Cilic installed as the second-favourite. Last year’s winner Marco Cecchinato is the only other player priced-up at single-figure odds with most bookies.
Check out our draw-analysis and free tips for the 2019 Hungarian Open.
Hungarian Open 2019 Draw & Analysis
Marin Cilic is the highest-ranked player in the field at this week’s Hungarian Open, but the Croatian is having a poor season so far. He’s lost his first match in three of his last four tournaments, including at last week’s Monte-Carlo Masters. Clay is also his least favourite surface, and he looks worth taking on in the first-quarter this week.
The player to take Cilic on with could be Pablo Cuevas. The Uruguayan looks to be making his tournament debut, but he has won six clay court titles in his career and has already shown some high-class form this season by making it to the quarter-finals in Brazil.
World number 18 Nikoloz Basilashvilli is the fourth seed, and he presents a solid-looking profile in the second quarter. He won twice on tour in 2018, including on clay at Hamburg, and has made the quarter-finals in both Dubai and Qatar this season. He also made the quarter-finals on his tournament debut last year.
However, it would be no surprise to see Laslo Djere put in a good showing this week. The Serbian won his maiden ATP Title on clay at the 2019 Rio Open and also made the semi-finals in Sao Paolo the following week. He needs to get back to that level of form here but could easily do so having beaten Basilashvilli last time they met.
Defending Champion Marco Cecchinato is the top seed in the third quarter and the Italian will be hoping to face Damir Dzumhur in his opening match having beaten him in his last two tournaments. The likes of Sixth seed John Millman and rising start Hubert Hurkacz have also proved better on hardcourts so far in their careers.
Cecchinato is also a three-time ATP 250 clay court champion, including in Argentina this year, and showed some real clay court prowess to make the semi-finals at last year’s French Open.
Borna Coric has compiled a consistent record recently by making it to the semi-finals in Dubai and the quarter-finals in Miami and Monte-Carlo. The latter was his first clay tournament this year and he performed admirably before losing to eventual winner Fabio Fognini in three sets. He’s also a tournament winner on clay having claimed the Gran Prix Hassan II in 2017.
As eighth seed Radu Albot is probably better on hardcourts, Coric looks to have an excellent chance of making it to the semi-finals.
Hungarian Open 2019 Summary & Picks
There’s no doubt that Coric has a favourite’s chance but, at nearly twice the price, Cechhinato looks better value to follow-up last year’s success. He’s shown some great form on clay over the last 12 months, winning three similar events to this, and making it to the French Open semi-finals.
At even bigger odds, it could also be worth taking a chance on Laslo Djere returning to form. He’s already claimed one clay court title this season, in which he beat the classy Dominic Thiem in an early round. He’s also beat Nicoloz Basilashvilli on the last occasion they met and he looks his main rival in the second-quarter from which the finalist is expected to come.