The title holder, the Frenchman Richard Gasquet, meets the Kazakh Kukushkin in a second round at Herbogenbosch, in a very balanced game.
The form of players and the latest direct results
- Last date: 20.03.2013 Gasquet vs Kukushkin 4-6 6-4 6-4
- Form Mikhail Kukushkin (last 5 games): W L L L L
- Form Richard Gasquet (last 5 games): W L W L W
Advanced and statistics
Kazakh has not managed a good season on clay this year, except for the Monaco turnout being eliminated in the first round of the tournament he attended. Besides, the Soviet season is weak, for its expectations and standards, with 9 wins and 12 defeats.The victory in the first round against Italian Sonego was welcome, considering that the player in Kazakhstan had accumulated six consecutive defeats.On the grass, Kukushkin did quite well, last year with a record of 5 wins and 3 defeats. At Hertogenbosch is the first time.
Fearful of injuries, Richard Gasquet missed the first part of the season, only starting in May in Madrid and disputing only 6 games this year.Frenchman Gasquet comes to Hertogenbosch as the en-titre winner, managing this performance last year after a final with another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy.In the first round, the veteran of Hexagon overcame Slovenian Bedene after a 2½-and-a-half game with 2 tie-breaks and the Frenchman was forced to come back after losing the first set.In addition to the title conquered last year in the Netherlands, Gasquet has two titles on the grass, 2005 and 2006 at Nottingham, and a successful final in 2014 at Eastbourne.Against Kazakh, the Frenchman has a positive record, leading 2-0 to direct matches, both sides played on the hard.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Kukushkin vs Gasquet
Grass is a surface much different from clay and cement, the movement is totally different, while the ball is much quicker and more surprising. That’s why the advantage of the service is of particular importance, with very few laps on the grass. Both Kukushkin and Gasquet are aware of this and will try to make the most of this advantage, so I think we will see very few breaks in the match.
Prediction Today: Tiebreak in the match