The Round of 16 clash between Benoit Paire and Mikhail Kukushkin is set to be held on the 29th of October at center court in Nur Sultan. This will be the first match for Paire as he received a bye in the round of 32.
- Tournament: Astana Open 2020
- Date: 28 October 2020
- Match :Benoit Paire vs Mikhail Kukushkin
- Round: 2nd Round (Round of 16)
- Venue: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Indoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: Approx. $273,345
Benoit Paire vs Mikhail Kukushkin: Match Preview
The Frenchman, Benoit Paire was last seen at the ATP Cologne 2 in Germany. Benoit Paire lost to much lower-ranked Dennis Novak. Paire lost 2-6, 4-6 against the 94 ranked player. The world no. 28 lost the French Open tournament in the round of 64. He has a win-loss record of 10-12 this year.
On the other hand, Mikhail Kukushkin is playing at his home ground in Kazakhstan. He is born in Nur-Sultan and will enjoy the home support. The player has a win-loss of 4-9 in 2020. The 91 ranked player lost the round of 32 match at the St. Petersburg. At the home tour, he won the opening round against Federico Delbonis after dropping the opening set. Kukushkin won 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.
Benoit Paire vs Mikhail Kukushkin: Head to Head
The 28 ranked Benoit Paire and 91 ranked Mikhail Kukushkin has never faced off against each other. The head to head is 0-0. At the Astana Open, the duo will face off for the first time.
Benoit Paire vs Mikhail Kukushkin: Match Prediction
The match will be interesting as the home favorite player against and off form Paire. While Paire was last seen at the Cologne Indoors losing to a similarly ranked player, he will struggle tomorrow. The match will be a three-setter, and the French should be able to win.
Match Prediction: Benoit Paire wins in 3 sets.