Kukushkin saves two break points...
He wastes them both, however, and Nadal opens up a 3-0 lead in the fourth
Kukushkin with his first break points after two hours and 10 minutes
And an early break for Nadal. This one looks to be all but over
Another love service game from Rafa for lead the fourth set 1-0
Nadal wastes first of three break points but Kukushkin nets to hand him the third set. 1h59 gone and it's all Nadal
Nadal a game from taking a two-sets-to-one lead
Kukushkin finally stops the rot by winning his first game in eight
Rafa brings up a BP with a big forehand. Takes his sixth game in a row as Kukushkin buries a return in the net
Kukushkin, at 0-30 down, manages to somehow avoid coughing up three break points for Rafa.
That didn't take long - 34 minutes, to be precise. Nadal back on level terms at one set all against Kukushkin
Incredible from Rafa. He's fully outside the tramlines as he backpedals to fire a forehand winner. Four games in a row and serving for the second set
Kukushkin has won just 43 percent of his points on his second serve
Big hold for Rafa from 30-30. Now leads 4-1 in this second set
There we go. Nadal gets the break with a monster return. Leads 3-1 in the second
Kukushkin was a huge serve, however, and we're back to deuce
Here we go. Nadal with a break point
Rafa with a sniff for a break. Kukushkin taken to deuce but finds the line and holds
Nadal will have to come from a set down again. Kukushkin takes the first set 7-6(4) in three minutes short of an hour
Complete mishit from Kukushkin as he attempts to return Rafa's serve. #swingandamiss
Kukushkin brings up three set points as Nadal nets
Rafa claws the mini-break back with a typical forehand winner
Terrific from Kukushkin. Wrong-foots Nadal for 2-1 before repeating the trick
Almost inevitably, we're into a tie-break
Rafa will have to serve to stay in the set again. Kukushkin leads 6-5
Rafa will serve to stay in the set.
Love service game for Rafa. 4-4 after 34 minutes
Fabulous from Kukushkin. Digs out a cross-court backhand winner on the run for a 4-3 lead in this first set.
Rafa whomps an ace down and it's 3-3.
But he nets a backhand and it's 30-30
Kukushkin has a sniff here. 15-30 on Nadal's serve...