Thiem - Kukushkin: what to expect from the representative of Kazakhstan?

Dominic Thiem - Mikhail Kukushkin. ATP Australian Open Prediction (8 February 2021)

07/02/2021

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

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08/02/21 04:00 CET
Mikhail Kukushkin

Mikhail Kukushkin

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Place Melbourne-Park (Melbourne)
Dominic Thiem - Mikhail Kukushkin tennis match forecast

Dominic Thiem will begin his journey to the Australian Open with a duel against Mikhail Kukushkin. The meeting will take place on 8 February. Will the match be easy for the favourite? - read our forecast.

Dominic Thiem

Thiem came to Melbourne to defend his last year's final. Then the Austrian showed an excellent game. Dominic removed Rafael Nadal and Alexander  Zverev from his path in the course of the tournament, but in the decisive match he could not oppose anything to Novak Djokovic.

The Austrian representative does not approach Major in the best game form. So far this season, he has not managed to win a single full-fledged victory. At the show tournament in Adelaide, Thiem lost to Nadal (6-7, 4-6). Dominic continued to play in his style and this time lost to Matteo Berrettini (6-2, 6-4) at the ATP Cup. The Austrian did not finish his last match. Per refused to continue the fight with the score 6-1 in favour of Tim Benoit.

Mikhail Kukushkin

The 2020th Kukushkin cannot be considered an asset. The representative of Kazakhstan played 21 matches for the entire season, in which he won nine victories. Michael flew to Australian Open in the first round, losing in five games to Mark Polmans. True, he compensated for all this with a successful game at the US Open. There Kukushkin reached the third round.

The 33-year-old tennis player played two matches in Melbourne this year. He defeated the Argentinean Londero in one of them. He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the second. Both matches were played in three sets.

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Statistics

  • Thiem won 17 matches on hard in 2020. Kukushkin - three.
  • The last time Kukushkin overcame the first round at the AO in 2012.

Our Prediction

Despite his underdog status, Kukushkin can create problems for Thiem. Mikhail tunes into the Grand Slam tournaments in a special way. At such competitions, he gives all his best, so he often surprises with the results. For example, he beat Fabio Fognini at Roland Garros last year.

We believe that Dominic will not be able to win an easy victory. His first matches this year left many questions. We offer to play a positive head start on the representative of Kazakhstan.

Our forecast is Mikhail Kukushkin's handicap (9.5) games with 1.76 odds on 1xBet.


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