Davis Cup Finals 2021: Dusan Lajovic vs. Mikhail Kukushkin Tennis Pick and Prediction
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Davis Cup Finals 2021: Dusan Lajovic vs. Mikhail Kukushkin Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Davis Cup Finals as Dusan Lajovic takes on Mikhail Kukushkin in the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.

Will Mikhail Kukushkin show us that although he is no longer playing consistently on the ATP Tour, he can come out and cause an upset early here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals? Will Dusan Lajovic start off Team Serbia’s campaign for the Semi-Finals strongly? Both are experienced opponents, but are very far apart in ranking terms. Who will get the early lead for their country?

Mikhail Kukushkin played well for Team Kazakhstan in the round robin stage, going 1-1, losing to Elias Ymer and beating Brayden Schnur. Mikhail is a very experienced player with much success on the ATP Tour in his prime, being able to compete at a high level continuously in ATP 250 and 500 tournaments. However, in the last 3 years, Mikhail has retreated and mainly focuses on the Challenger Tour as he is unable to compete consistently with top 100 players nowadays. Here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, can the Kazakh cause the upset against the much higher ranked Serbian, Dusan Lajovic?

Dusan Lajovic only played one match in the round robin stages here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, beating Gerald Melzer in a tight 3 setter. Dusan has been a bit sub par in terms of performance on the ATP Tour for the last few months. However, as we often see from the Serb, when he is playing in a team and country tournament, he is able to find another level even if he is in a slump. Now that Team Serbia are in the Quarter-Finals, Dusan knows that if he is able to get the win against Mikhail Kukushkin here, they are basically guaranteed the Semi-Final spot as it is highly unlikely that Novak will lose in the second match.

Dusan Lajovic and Mikhail Kukushkin have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. They are very similar in terms of career statistics and age. However, Mikhail Kukushkin has seen a severe downfall in form and ranking in the last few years, whilst Dusan has been towards his best in the last 3 years. Mikhail Kukushkin will know he has nothing to lose so perhaps he can pull something out and get some momentum going. However, I expect Dusan to be so determined to get the win for Team Serbia so that they will most likely not need to play the doubles at the end of the day at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Dusan Lajovic to Win.

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