World number 16 Karen Khachanov will be up against the 24th-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the second round of the 2020 Hamburg Open on Thursday, September 24. The match begins at around 12.30 pm local time (11.30 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Dusan Lajovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Dusan Lajovic Head to Head
This will be the fourth match between Khachanov and Lajovic and surprise, surprise, it’s the Serb who has won them all. Two of those wins came on clay, at the 2016 Kitzbuhel and the 2018 Madrid Masters while earlier this year they had faced off on the hard courts of the ATP Cup where Lajovic had clinched it 7-5, 7-6.
Khachanov Huffs & Puffs to Streaky Win
In a match that saw both players get equal number of chances, Khachanov managed to carve out a fighting victory over Jan-Lennard Struff to enter the second round.
The first set saw one break of serve for both players before they faced off in an evenly-fought tie-breaker that Khachanov won 7-5. Things went on serve till 3-3 in the second set before Struff broke away to level the set at 6-4.
And when the German broke Khachanov twice early in the final set to take a 3-0 lead, the writing looked to be on the wall. Instead, retaliated with an immediate break to reduce the deficit and then make it 4-4 to come back into the encounter.
Khachanov gave his opponent another chance as he was broken by Struff in the ninth game of the set but looking to serve out the match, he lost the next three games, including the final game to love on serve. The Russian, who had lost to Casper Ruud in the opener at Rome, will now hope to emulate his showing at the 2017 Hamburg Open where he had made the last eight.
Lajovic Brushes Past Adrian Mannarino
He might be ranked 24th in the world, one short of his career-best but it’s been a season to forget for Lajovic. Sure, he played a sterling part in helping Serbia clinch the first ever ATP Cup title, but since then Lajovic has endured a lot of ups and downs – more of the latter than the former though.
In the three clay court tournaments he played before coming into the Rome Masters earlier this month, Lajovic’s record on that surface read 2-3 – losing the second match he played at both Buenos Aires and Rio while getting knocked out in the Kitzbuhel Open.
It was finally at Rome that Lajovic showed some of his sparkle, beating Alejandro Fokina and Milos Raonic before bowing out to Rafael Nadal in the third round.
With some of the old swagger back, Lajovic did not waste too much in getting past Adrian Mannarino in the first round of the Hamburg Open, winning 6-4, 6-1, but things could get tougher in round two.
Khachanov v Lajovic Prediction and Tip
This is a battle between two off-colour players who have shown the odd spark. Which is why it could go either way, but one that might also see three sets.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)