Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Flushing Meadows)
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Spanish tennis superstar Roberto Bautista Agut will be playing at the 2019 ATP US Open in New York. Agut will begin his tournament in the opening round against Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan.
Roberto Bautista Agut has had an outstanding season and that has allowed him to move into the top 10 on the ATP rankings. Agut last played at the Cincinnati Masters where the Spaniard made it into the quarterfinals. It was a good tournament for Roberto Bautista Agut as he defeated the likes of Frances Tiafoe. Since the French Open, Agut has made it into the quarterfinals of every tournament he has played. Wimbledon was an especially impressive tournament as Roberto Bautista Agut made it into the semifinals. Considering his recent form, Agut is a genuine contender to win this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Mikhail Kukushkin last played at the Cincinnati Masters where he was eliminated in the opening round. Despite that result, it has been a decent few months of Kukushkin as he made the quarterfinals of the Los Cabos Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon. Since the start of Wimbledon, Mikhail Kukushkin has defeated the likes of Andrey Rublev and John Isner. The US Open has been Mikhail Kukushkin’s strongest Grand Slam event as he has a record of 9-9 at this venue. Despite that information, this is expected to be a tough match for Mikhail Kukushkin as he is playing against the number 10 seed.
Mikhail Kukushkin and Roberto Bautista Agut have played each other 3 times in the past. Agut has won on all 3 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at Basel where Roberto Bautista Agut won in straight sets.
Mikhail Kukushkin is a solid player but I see him losing this match. Roberto Bautista Agut is a significantly stronger player and the Spaniard enters this tournament in supreme form. Agut is a genuine threat for the title and I see him winning this match with some ease.