Mikhail Kukushkin vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
|Date & Time||Sunday February 24, 2019, 9:00 AM (EST)|
Palais des Sports de Marseille
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The number 1 seed at the Open 13, Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the final of the event. Competing for the title alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas will be Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Kukushkin enters this match having beaten Ugo Humbert in the previous round. It was a dominant performance by Mukushkin as he won in straight sets against a very talented opponent. In the win, Mikhail Kukushkin won 90% of his service games while breaking Humbert’s serve on 3 occasions to set up the overall victory. This will be the first time that Mikhail Kukushkin is playing in an ATP final since 2015. Mikhail Kukushkin’s record in ATP final matches is currently 1-2 which is something the Kazakhstani will hope to improve.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, on the other hand, beat David Goffin in the previous match to make it into the final of the tournament. Tsitsipas served exceptionally well during the in as he won 80% of his service points which resulted in him winning 90% of his service games. In addition to the serve, Stefanos Tsitsipas also returned well against Goffin as the Greek superstar won 3 return games during the win. Stefanos Tsitsipas made 4 ATP finals in 2018 and won 2 ATP titles meaning the top seed will be comfortably confident as he enters this match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Mikhail Kukushkin have played twice in the past with the Greek superstar winning on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Rome Masters where Stefanos Tsitsipas won in 3 sets.
Both players have played very well to make it into the final but I see Stefanos Tsitsipas winning this match. Kukushkin has looked in good form but Stefanos Tsitsipas is simply a stronger player at this moment. Stefanos Tsitsipas is the top seed and has won more titles over the past 12 months. With that in mind, I see Stefanos Tsitsipas winning the ATP Open 13.