Dominic Thiem and Mikhail Kukushkin will face each other in the first round of the Australian Open 2021. The Austrian, ranked world no. 3 will start as the favourite against the man from Kazakhstan, who has a career high World ranking of No. 39.
- Fixture: Dominic Thiem vs Mikhail Kukushkin
- Date: 8 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Dominic Thiem vs Mikhail Kukushkin : Preview
One of the favorites at the Australian Open this year, the finalist from last year, Dominic Theim is looking to win his first Australian Open. The fact that he won the US Open last year has given his CV a massive boost, and he will have that added confidence when he takes the field later this week. In contrast Kukushkin has had a modest career so far, his 4th round appearance at the Australian Open 2012 still remains his best effort in the Australian Open.
Dominic Thiem vs Mikhail Kukushkin : Head-to-Head
The two haven’t met on the ATP circuit yet, so the record stands at 0-0.
Dominic Thiem vs Mikhail Kukushkin : Prediction
Thiem has started the season slowly, losing in the second round of the ATP Cup. But, he will be ready for his first round encounter against Mikhail at the Australian Open and has enough firepower to go past him. In Fact, the first few rounds should help Thiem find his groove and get ready for tougher matches later in the tournament.
Match Prediction: Thiem to win in straight sets.