Last week Andrey Kuznetsov was on the receiving end of a straight sets defeat to Stan Wawrinka at Indian Wells however the Russian returned the favour in Miami with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 win against the two time Grand Slam champion.
Every aspect of his game against Stan was close to perfection. He served well under pressure serving four aces in a row in one game to hold serve! Not only that but the Russian saved 8/8 break points he faced in the whole match as well as an impressive 11/11 points won at the net. Outstanding.
He only served at 50% but when he got his first serve in won an impressive 84% of points behind the serve. He was helped out quite a bit by 34 unforced errors from Stan but his performance was near on perfect.
The stand out shot in the match was the forehand and it bullied Stan at times!
Not many people would say it is a smart idea to target the backhand of Stan but if you target the backhand corner with precision and depth like Andrey did then you are in with a great chance of causing problems, nullifying the attack of Stan and forcing errors from the Swiss.
The backhand was strong as well in doing this but the forehand was the standout shot forcing Stan to defend and having to play the slice backhand which is a good defensive shot to slow down the rallies but no matter where he was on the court he was composed, in control and continued to grind down Wawrinka.
The headlines will be about a big player going out but Kuznetsov deserves praise for perfect performance!