He is hopeful that he will be able to win his first ATP Tour final since his maiden title at the St Petersburg Open nine years ago.
The 20-year-old, who did not drop a set in the entire tournament, fired 14 aces and won 86 percent of his first-serve points. "It is the biggest satisfaction and the biggest joy in tennis".
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"I lost the spark (after the Australian Open) and I was frustrated because it felt like I couldn t find it again", said Tsitsipas.
"There was a lot of stress this week because I knew I had to face some good opponents", said the 12th-ranked Tsitsipas.
"It is important to win titles". I found my rhythm, and I found my game when he served at 6-5.
Kukushkin survived an early break point but could do nothing when serving to stay in the first set at 6-5.
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World number 12 Tsitsipas had his first break point when 2-1 up in the opening set but failed to grasp the opportunity as he sliced a backhand wide, with a similarly wayward shot ensuring Kukushkin held.
After failing to convert his first break-point opportunity, Kukushkin claimed the opening break of the second set at 2-2 with his second cross-court forehand victor of the game.
Tstisipas improves to 2-2 in finals (he won 2018 Sydney) while Kukushkin falls to 1-3. The World No. 12 improves to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Kukushkin, adding to his three-set win over the Kazakh at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships a year ago.
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