Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Emil Ruusuvuori – Prediction – ATP Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) 30.10.2020

H2H: Mikhail Kukushkin v Emil Ruusuvuori – comparison.

Results over the last 15 months, especially on indoor hard courts, make Emil Ruusuvuori the deserved favorite, but this is not going to be an easy outing for him as Mikhail Kukushkin is playing at home and has got a solid record in Nur Sultan.

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Emil Ruusuvuori made a dominant start and raced to a 6-2 lead against Jordan Thompson in the second round on Thursday but still had to recover from a break deficit in the deciding set, 6-2 3-6 6-4. The 21-year-old Finn has played four matches so far in this campaign, and the alternate matches have gone to the distance against Viktor Troicki in the final qualifying round on Monday and Jordan Thompson in the second round on Thursday.

On Friday, Emil Ruusuvuori makes his maiden quarterfinal appearance on the main tour. It has taken a little longer than expected as he made huge strides on the Challenger circuits in the second half of the 2019 season and also made a strong start to 2020 only for injuries and the tour suspension to halt his momentum. Emil Ruusuvuori has won an impressive 64 matches on indoor hard courts so far in his young career at the expense of only 19 losses, with 23 of them coming in 2019 alone (23/3), which earned him two Challenger and ITF titles.

Former Kazakh #1 Mikhail Kukushkin pulled off an excellent comeback win from 6-7 1-4 down against the top seed Benoit Paire on Thursday. Such an outrageous comeback wasn’t even surprising considering the Frenchman’s performance and motivation levels since the restart. It was Mikhail Kukushkin’s second three-set comeback win in two matches this campaign as he made a slow start to his first-round match and found himself trailing by a set against the clay-court specialist Federico Delbonis. Mikhail Kukushkin had played three quarterfinal matches in the Challenger event in Nur Sultan in the past and managed to win the recent two such matches against Denys Molchanov during his title-winning campaign in 2015 and Dmitry Popko in 2017 when he finished as the runner-up.

Match Info.

Competition: Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), hard (indoor)
Start: 30.10.2020, 12:00 UTC.

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