Abrams recommends watching the doubles.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Boy, if the draw wasn’t thin enough here in Budapest in this Masters 250 event, third seeded Marco Cecchinatto (illness), Monte Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic (elbow), Damir Dzumhur (abdominal injury), and Adrian Mannarino (ankle) all pulled out before the tournament began. These withdrawals were most unfortunate, particularly Cecchinatto and Lajovic, because they stand to deprive the local fans of some great players who happen to be playing particularly well at the present time. However, misfortune presents opportunity, and someone, somewhere in this draw is going to take advantage of these holes and have the week of their life here.
Marin Cilic, the top seed, still remains the favorite, but I really like the way Radu Albot has been playing, and I think the winner of the Albot/Coric match (if they both get there) will get to the finals from the bottom half of the draw. In the top half of the draw there are only three seeds left (Mikhaill Kukushkin, the 7th seed, was beaten by Italian Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday), so besides Cilic, I see his competition coming from Nikoloz Basilashvili and Laslo Djere. Aljaz Bedene also could challenge from the upper half, as he could meet Cilic in the quarters but he’d have to get by Berrettini first.
The doubles draw is totally up for grabs, as there are some established teams and some pick-up teams in this draw that all look competitive. If I were a local fan I think I’d watch the doubles today because the matches look really, really entertaining. So stay away from the stadium court and head out to Court 1 and 2 for some real fun, and remember who told you to do it.