Why Does A Player Lose A Set 6-0?

Memphis Open, Tennessee Today we saw [30] Steve Johnson (USA) lose a match to [103] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) in straight sets after losing the first set 6-0.  Despite taking the lead in the second set, Johnson was distracted mentally and could not maintain his focus to consolidate his lead.  Kukushkin, is a decent player, but to defeat a player…

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Monica Puig, Mover Of The Week

WEEK:  01.18.2016 Monica Puig (PUR) was the mover of the week.  She got to the final of the Apia International Sydney last week.  Although she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, she gained valuable ranking points.  She wants to take this confident form into the Australian Open.  Puig has indeed carried her impressive form into the Australian Open.  She…

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Zverev Delivered His Second Bagel

Aegon Open Nottingham, Great Britain First round play got underway yesterday for [CR76] Alexander Zverev (GER) and he had an impressive victory. He defeated [CR58] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 60, 62.  In the process, Zverev also delivered his second bagel on the ATP Tour. He handed out his first when he defeated Robin Haase with the identical score in the first round of…

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Slow start

Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Russia [CR74] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) got off to an extremely slow start in his match against [CR27] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS).   Maybe it was uncertainty about the degree of discomfort or limitation he would experience in his injured right arm, but his game was not  as sharp as it was in his recent match against…

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