Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Karen Khachanov - 2020 Dubai Open First Round
Monday. February 24 2020
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Karen Khachanov meets Mikhail Kukushkin in the first-round of the 2020 Dubai Open. Who will book their spot in the second-round?
Karen Khachanov has not had the best start to 2020. Khachanov has not gone further than quarterfinals in small tournaments this year, where it would be expected he would be one of the main challengers. Khachanov is trying to find his game again after not living up to the hype throughout 2019. Khachanov, however, has already beaten the best players in the world and he has experience in big moments. Khachanov will use all of this experience to make sure he gets back to his best this year, especially in Dubai.
Mikhail Kukushkin is one of the more experienced players on tour. Kukushkin has a very solid game, being able to return a lot of balls and making opponents earn every point. Kukushkin will look at his first-round match and he knows he can definitely compete here in Dubai. However, Kukushkin has not had the best start this year and he is far from his peak form. Kukushkin will need to increase his level if he wants to go further than the first-round in Dubai.
This will be the second meeting between both players, with Kukushkin having won their only prior encounter. Kukushkin has the confidence that he has already beaten Khachanov, however, he is no longer at that level anymore. Khachanov is the better player and he will come out and book his spot in the second-round.
Karen Khachanov to win.