Evans will look to improve his stats on return as he will look to use smart returns in order to neutralise Kukushkin’s powerful serving.
Playing styles and prediction
The Kazakh veteran now plays most of his events on the Challenger circuit and despite a few deep runs at tournaments, Kukushkin now finds himself on the verge of dropping outside of the world’s top 250. Now after qualifying for Shanghai, Kukushkin will look to end the season on a high as his career nears closer to its conclusion.
Evans will look to use variety on return as he looks to expose open space on the court as he aims to continue his confidence from the baseline. Meanwhile Kukushkin will look to take advantage of the fast Shanghai courts and maintain a high level of play on serve as he looks to finish points off at the net. This match could be a lot closer than the form guide would suggest given the fast courts suiting Kukushkin. However Evans should have too much confidence and variety to win this match and reach the third round in Shanghai.
Meanwhile in the opening round, Andy Murray’s poor Asian swing continued to deteriorate as he lost comfortably to Roman Safiullin. The Brit lacked aggression and authority as the in-form Safiullin was too strong for the three-time Grand Slam champion.
Murray will conclude when he plays the ATP 500 event in Tokyo which starts on the 16th of October.
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