StPetersburg SF WWW: Kukushkin or Marchenko?

10-30-2010, 07:43 AM
The semi-finals at the St. Petersburg Open on Saturday feature a couple of Russian veterans and a player from Kazakhstan and Ukraine meeting in their second career ATP World Tour semi-final. Unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan and Illya Marchenko meet in the main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time although they have played six previous occasions.
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs Illya Marchenko (UKR) First ATP Meeting
Kukushkin Leads 4-2 in Other Meetings:
06 Belarus F2 (Minsk) Hard R16 Illya Marchenko 7-6(6)6-3
07 Penza CH (Russia) Hard R32 Illya Marchenko 6-2 3-6 6-4
07 Russia F3 (Russia) Clay SF Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-4
07 St. Petersburg Q (Russia) Carpet Q3 Mikhail Kukushkin 6-0 6-7(5) 7-5
08 Russia F1 (Russia) Hard QF Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(5)6-4
09 Penza CH (Russia) Hard F Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-2

The 22-year-old Kukushkin and 23-year-old Marchenko both broke through last year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, reaching their first ATP World Tour semi-final as qualifiers. On Saturday the winner will advance to their first ATP World Tour final.

Marchenko FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
QF: Zagreb (l Melzer); Marseille (l Tsonga); Eastbourne (l Istomin)
YTD W-L: 18-19
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 8, 1987
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 99
• Marchenko, 23, is appearing in his second career ATP World Tour semi-final and last year as a qualifier reached the semis in Moscow
• The No. 3 player from Ukraine (behind No. 37 Stakhovsky, No. 49 Dolgopolov) comes in with an 18-19 match record (15-13 on hard) this season and he is trying to reach his first ATP World Tour final…He reached a career-high ranking of No. 67 on July 19 and is No. 99 this week
• His previous best results this year were the quarter-finals in Zagreb (l. to Melzer) and Marseille (l. to Tsonga) in February and Eastbourne (l. to Istomin) in June

Kukushkin FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
QF: Bangkok (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 15-8
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 26, 1987
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 88
• Kukushkin, 22, like Marchenko, is appearing in his second career ATP World Tour semi-final…He also was a semi-finalist in Moscow last year as a qualifier
• He has a 15-8 match record in ATP World Tour level play this season, including 12-6 on hard courts
• His previous best result this year was the quarter-finals in Tokyo earlier this month (l. to Nadal)
• He is trying to become the second player from Kazakhstan to reach an ATP World Tour final…Andrey Golubev earned his first ATP World Tour title in Hamburg in July and he is 1-2 in finals in his career
• Has played well on the Challenger level with a 32-13 record, winning titles in Braunschweig (d. Daniel) and Penza (d. Kravchuk) in May…Also runner-up in Istanbul (l. to Mannarino) in August
• He came into the week ranked No. 88 after reaching a career-high No. 74 on Oct. 18

10-30-2010, 07:47 AM
They are almost friends and played doubles here (the first doubles matches for Marchenko in the season)

10-30-2010, 08:59 AM
Let´s rock Kuku

10-30-2010, 12:17 PM
Right, 2 legit votes. (myself and Renaud)

Lets see who votes now.


voted after the end of the match.