Kazakh tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin earns his first ATP win
November 1. KAZINFORM
It was the first ATP win for Mikhail Kukushkin who achieved it at the tournament in St. Petersburg.
22 years old Kazakh tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin came out victorious in the finals match with 28 years old Mikhail Youzhny on October 31. The match lasted 2 hours 26 minutes and M. Kukushkin needed two sets to beat his opponent – 6:3, 7:6.
It should be noted that it was the first win for the Kazakh tennis player at the ATP tournaments. The prize fund he will be awarded is USD 113.600 thousand and 250 points and Mikhail Youzhny’s prize is USD 59.900 thousand and 150 points.
I fought for every ball and happy to win – winner of St.Petersburg Open-2010 M. Kukushkin
November 1. KAZINFORM. ST. PETERSBURG
‘I fought for every ball and I am glad to have a win. I did not expect to win at the tournament. This victory is really significant for me’, Kazakh tennis player said after win at the St.Petersburg Open-2010 where he defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the final.
‘I served well and felt confidence playing in the backcourt. May be I was lucky that my opponent did not feel very good. Nevertheless, I am very glad that I came out victorious despite my opponent playing good tennis today’, M. Kukushkin said.
As was reported Mikhail Kukushkin defeated Mikhail Youzhny in two sets 6:3, 7:6 (7:2) at the St.Petersburg Open-2010.
The first set was determined by the break that M. Kukushkin realized in the fifth game. Having come from four break-points M. Youzhny was not able to do it for the fifth time. The second set was a thriller and lasted for 1 hour and 42 minutes. M. Youzhny twice broke his opponent’s serve but Kazakh tennis player retaliated immediately. The tie-break was result where M. Kukushkin played without mistakes. Having gained the lead Kazakh tennis player the first match-ball converted into his winning favor.
After the victory in St. Petersburg Mikhail Kukushkin significantly moved up in the ATP rating ‘I was said that I would be ranked around the 58 place. I am so glad to have made such progress for just one year’, the Kazakh tennis player added.