Mikhail Kukushkin will take on Matteo Berrettini in the final game of the Arizona Tennis Classic in Phoenix.
Kukushkin beat Salvatore Caruso 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 40 minutes, while Berrettini defeated No. 12 seeded Argentine Guido Andreozzi 7-6(3), 6-1 in one hour and 31 minutes.
Kukushkin is an excellent player having more ability than his ATP ranking suggests. He came into the Arizona Tennis Classic with a 8-4 record and improved to 12-4 before reaching the finals of the tournament. He has performed exceptionally well over the past few weeks, defeating the likes of Nicolas Jarry and Ilya Ivashka.
Arizona Tennis Classic Mikhail Kukushkin vs Matteo Berrettini Prediction
Kukushkin began this season with a first-round defeat to Lucas Pouille at the Australian Open, followed by second round exits at the Sofia Open and the ATP Rotterdam, but bounced back at the Open13 claiming the win of the season by defeating top-ranked player Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the tournament and then faltered again in the Indian Wells Masters.
Matteo Berrettini is an excellent youngster, growing week by week and proved himself to be a pretty consistent performer at the Challenger events. He came to the Phoenix Challenger Men with a 1-3 record, but played good tennis this series defeating the likes of Guido Andreozzi and Lorenzo Sonego.
Kukushkin has won each of her last two meetings with Berrettini last year. Kukushkin have got very strong forehand and is clear favorite to win this match here. We predict Kukushkin will come out as a winner in the end.
Arizona Tennis Classic Mikhail Kukushkin vs Matteo Berrettini Prediction: Mikhail Kukushkin to win @ 1.93 at Pinnacle Sports