Fifth seed Alexander Zverev will face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in a rematch from last year in the third round of the 2019 French Open on Saturday, June 1. The match will start 11 am local time (10 am BST). You can find the Alexander Zverev v Dusan Lajovic live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Alexander Zverev v Dusan Lajovic Head to Head
Zverev and Lajovic met at last year’s French Open in the second round in what remains their only encounter to date. The German came from the 2-sets to one down to win in five. It was one of three consecutive five-setters that Zverev played during the French Open in 2018, before running-on empty when he faced Thiem in the quarterfinals.
Zverev Was Convincing Against Ymer
Alexander Zverev saw off Swedish youngster Mikael Ymer in straight sets to advance to the third round devoid of any drama. The German arrived in Paris on the back of a title win in Geneva – his first of the season – and looking to make an imprint at the second Grand Slam of the year.
However, his problems re-emerged and he nearly made a melee of his first round match against John Millman where he was involved another five-set match which in fairness should not have happened. Zverev would later admit that the experience in Geneva helped him get over the line against the Australian after winning a lot of tight matches a week ago. He saved two match-points in the final to beat Nicolas Jarry and it could be the turning point in what has been a very difficult season for the World No.5.
The 22-year-old is touring without his coach at the moment after he confirmed that Ivan Lendl will not be at Roland Garros, but he expects the Czech to join him in time for the grass-court season.
Lajovic Seeks Revenge Against the German
For Dusan Lajovic, last year’s defeat to Zverev might have left a scar in his mind, but he will not be contemplating on that loss as he gears an upset win and chance to seek retribution.
Zverev’s inconsistency and slow starts could play into Lajovic’s hands. The Serb will also be looking to equal his career best appearance in a Grand Slam (R4 at 2014 French Open). 2019 promises to be Lajovic’s most accomplished year on tour.
He was excellent during the Monte Carlo Masters where he reached the final without dropping a set and beat the likes of Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev before falling to Fabio Fognini in the final.
Lajovic’s results in the Princpilaity might have come as a surprise for many, but it was a case of work-in-progress. Having undergone hernia surgery at the end of 2017, he lost 10 of his next 11 matches and dropped outside the Top 100.
He turned things around during the middle of 2018 and following a few notable results this year he soared into the top 20 for the first time in his career in April 2019 (currently fallen to World No.35).
Zverev v Lajovic Predictions & Tips
Lajovic is looking to match his best result at Roland Garros from 2014, but he has faced weaker opposition to make it this far. The German could not have picked a nicer opponent to settle himself in the second round and he should prevail here.
Tip: Zverev to win in straight sets: 1/1 (888Sport)