Good win from GGL, over one of the guys of the end of last season. Only saw the end of the 2nd set and that looked pretty good by both.
GGL choked a bit, but then stepped it up after 5-6 0-30, and even sp. Some nice shotmaking, keep it up GGL!
It wasn't a good match, actually. GGL played really well in the first set and Kukushkin was making a lot of ues. GGL took the early break in the second set, too. Kukushkin broke back though. GGL gets broken when he was serving for the match at *5-4 (also missed MP on serve). Then, he saved set point on himself serve at *5-6. Tiebreak was very easy for Spaniard.
I think, Kukushkin was playing much better end of the last year. I didn't like his game today. GGL was as always. The next one Zverev or Marchenko for GGL.
Match Point Novak needs to be immortalized in sculpture, like Michelangelo's David. I'm sure that once he's gone to tennis Valhalla, his statue will have his stones as the focal point of attention, and tennis fans will make a meccan-like pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, in order to rub those lucky stones, like the budda's belly.
I wonder if he'll crack top20 before Roland Garros
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