Mikhail Kukushkin vs Márton Fucsovics
|Date & Time||Friday October 26, 2018, 10:15 AM (EDT)|
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Mikhail Kukushkin will play Márton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ATP Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
Márton Fucsovics has had a good tournament as he defeated number 7 seed, Fabio Fognini in the previous round. It was a good win for Márton Fucsovics as he lost the opening set but fought back well to secure victory in 3 sets. During that win, Márton Fucsovics returned serve exceptionally well as he won 6 return games. Márton Fucsovics has been returning serve well in recent times as he has averaged more than 1 breakpoint won per set since the beginning of the Shanghai Masters. With a good run of wins heading into this match, Márton Fucsovics will be confident he can make the semifinals of this tournament.
Mikhail Kukushkin, on the other hand, has been playing exceptional tennis this tournament. Mikhail Kukushkin entered this event via the qualifying tournament where he won all of his matches in straight sets. Following on from those wins, Mikhail Kukushkin has impressed in both of his matches as he managed to eliminate world number 10, Grigor Dimitrov. In his last match, Mikhail Kukushkin beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets. Mikhail Kukushkin was impressive as he won 3 breakpoints while also beating Rublev in a tiebreaker to seal the first set.
Mikhail Kukushkin and Márton Fucsovics have played twice in the past with Mikhail Kukushkin winning on both occasions. These two wins for Mikhail Kukushkin were both in Challenger events as the last match was in 2016 when neither player was consistent on the ATP tour.
This should be a good match as both players are evenly matched and in good form. I am going to pick Mikhail Kukushkin to win his match. Mikhail Kukushkin has a great head-to-head record against Fucsovics and with his confidence high after beating Dimitrov, I see only one winner. I am predicting Mikhail Kukushkin to win and make the semifinals of the tournament.