Australian Open (1/8 final): Dusan Lajovic – Alexander Zverev

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These two players have already played each other twice. The previous matches were played at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019. Alexander Zverev always got rid of this opponent in 5 sets.

Tournament history

Dusan Lajovic plays his 8th Australian Open. This is the first time he’s expected this level of competition. Until now he hadn’t managed to get past the 3rd round (last year).

Alexander Zverev is participating in this Grand Slam tournament for the 6th time in his career. This is the third time he has reached the 1/8 final (after 2019 and 2020), and his best performance was a semifinal (last year).

In this edition

Dusan Lajovic bought the scalps of Stakhovsky, Bublik and Martinez. The Serb has already lost 4 sets (at least one per match).

For his part, Alexander Zverev has already won against Giron, Cressy and Mannarino. The German has lost only one set since the beginning of the tournament, it was during his first match.

Analysis

Dusan Lajovic has put up some nice performances since the beginning of this competition. And I must admit that I was surprised to see him win so easily against Alexander Bublik (who also had a bad match).

I still find it difficult to see the Serb imposing himself against this Alexander Zverev. The German is obviously one to two notches above Lajovic’s previous opponents.

Since the beginning of the season, Alexander Zverev is back in the service. He is once again becoming the man who is very hard to break. When the rallies start, he manages to take control by making his power speak. This allows him to force his opponents to make a fault or to go and get his points by himself.

Dusan Lajovic has shown a lot of explosiveness since the beginning of this Australian Open. He may well be able to surprise his opponent of the day. Nevertheless, I don’t think he is capable of winning 3 sets against Alexander Zverev. The latter should succeed more than once to accelerate the game. Lajovic is far from being a fan of balls that come back too fast. I think that should make a big difference in this match. Even though, it’s true, the Serb has been serving rather well since the beginning of the week.

Maybe a little tie-break in this match, for the suspense. But in the worst case scenario, Alexander Zverev could well have his opponent on the backhand with one hand.

Prediction: Alexander Zverev wins

Low risk

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