Second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will have a battle on his hands when he takes on Serbia’s in-form Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinal of the 2020 Hamburg Open on Friday, September 25. The match begins at around 12.30 pm local time (11.30 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Dusan Lajovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Dusan Lajovic Head to Head
There have been three matches before this with Tsitsipas leading 2-1 so far. In their first ever meeting which came in the 2017 Wimbledon, Lajovic had run off to a straight-set victory but since then Tsitsipas has won both matches including on at Rome in 2018 on clay.
Tsitsipas Sees off Cuevas Challenge
It was an interesting second round win for Tsitsipas in which he faced one tough game and broke his opponent once in each set. Things went to 4-4 without a break-point before the ninth game of the match saw Tsitsipas needing to save four of them.
That game was the longest of the match by some distance, lasting six deuces before Tsitsipas finally managed to wrap it up. The Greek faced another break-point while serving at 5-5 but again he held on and then broke Cuevas next game off the first chance he got to wrap up the set.
In the second, thing went to plan till Cuevas’ serve at 4-5 when neither player faced a break-point in the set. And then suddenly, out of nowhere, Tsitsipas had three match-points, needing just one to convert it and win 7-5, 6-4.
Earlier Tsitsipas had had no worries overcoming Daniel Evans in the first round, clinching it 6-3, 6-1. Lajovic will prove to be his biggest threat and a win here could give him the kind of confidence he needs going into the French Open.
Lajovic Routs Khachanov in Round Two
Now Karen Khachanov isn’t the greatest clay court player by any stretch, but he is a fighter and had come through in his opener against Jan-Lennard Struff in a match that underlined that quality. Long story short, he might have been a marginal favourite according to the bookmakers but most were expecting a tight contest which could go either way.
Lajovic’s irresistible form made it go his way instead, and how.
He broke Khachanov twice in the first set to pouch it 6-1 and while there were serving issues at the start of the second – Lajovic dropping and break serve twice to make it 2-2 – he found a way to come out of it with a lot of ease. The Serb broke Khachanov two more times from 2-2 to make it through 6-1, 6-2 and set up this meeting with Tsitsipas.
Before this, Lajovic had routed Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-1 in round one having also made it to the quarterfinal at the Rome Masters before that. All of this means the shock first round loss at the hands of Yannick Hanfmann at Kitzbuhel is long forgotten.
Tsitsipas v Lajovic Prediction and Tip
Lajovic is a rather long 11/5 to win this and 4/5 to win a set – both rather tempting odds. We will go with the latter, safer option.
Tip: Lajovic to win a set – Yes: 4/5 (bet365)