Background player of the court, he plays a lot on the counterattack, he has a lot of intelligence in building points and he mixes his game well. He’s a hard floor specialist.
Marius Copil, 27-year-old Romanian tennis player, number 91 of the ATP ranking.
Player with great service, is his brand image, a good backhand to one hand and aggressive and usually straight strokes.
Kukushkin is showing good tennis and is surprising (including me) with his consistency.
He’s always been a good player, a bit hurt by injuries, I do not think he’s brilliant either, but he seems to have been far from the last,
maybe he has reached a higher level of maturity to play (he has still proved this against Janowicz) and this is only good for him.
He is a player that has been doing few games lately and I think that is why he has run the challengers, much to try to start new season already with some rhythm. He defeated Gianessi 2-0, Desein 2-1 and Janowicz with his withdrawal in the 3rd set.
As for Copil, a player who has a very one-dimensional game, his aggressive style is good, I like to see him play and I think he has quality but more for challengers,
I miss the game of return to be able to impose itself a little more and I have been saying this for at least 2 years (that is the time that I follow).
He is a very difficult player to break but also does not have great response game, besides it is very bad to convert break points. He defeated Patrik Nema 2-1, Lukas Klein 2-0 and Kamil Majchrzak 2-0.
Prognosis Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Marius Copil:
In conclusion, I was very surprised by the game of Kazakh against Janowicz: a lot of responsiveness and a lot of strength and depth in the blows, being that I always seemed very capable and especially strong mentally after losing the first set.
I think Copil is a similar player to Kukushkin and I think Mikhail will move on.