Number 22 seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia will face Italian journeyman Gianluca Mager in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Monday, September 28. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Dusan Lajovic v Gianluca Mager match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dusan Lajovic v Gianluca Mager Head to Head
These two players have never met before this.
Lajovic, a Perennial Danger On Clay
Dusan Lajovic has compiled a rather average season by his standards, going 11-10 as he enters the French Open. His major results came at the very beginning of the year when he joined forces with Novak Djokovic to steer Team Serbia to ATP Cup success, winning four of six singles rubbers.
Lajovic carried that strong start to the season to the Australian summer where he reached the third round in Melbourne for the first time.
The 30-year-old naturally performs with distinction on clay, but would win only one match during the South American Golden Swing. He has since recaptured the form that propelled him to reach the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters final in 2019, by returning to winning ways this autumn.
Lajovic went 4-2 between Rome and Hamburg, losing to Nadal and Tsitsipas respectively. His best result at Roland Garros is a third round showing in 2019.
Mager Set For Main Draw Debut
Gianluca Mager is a seasoned campaigner synonymous for his sensational run to the Rio Open final in February. That remains the Italian’s best tournament result at tour-level in his career so far.
Mager would eventually peak at a career-high ranking of world no.77 after coming through the qualifying section in Brazil’s second city and outlasting a crop of clay-court stars including Buenos Aires champion Capser Ruud and Dominic Thiem, before falling to an in-form Cristian Garin in the final.
The 25-year-old who hails from Sanremo, has had a somewhat strange rise in the rankings. Mager was never once ranked on the ITF circuit, admitting he never took tennis seriously until he was 18. But it seems his dream to become a footballer died pretty quickly once he set his feet on the senior tour. He won three Challenger titles in 2019, cracking the top-200 in the process.
Mager’s steady rise in the rankings has earned him a straight spot into the main draw of the French Open for the first time. He currently sits at no.88 in the ATP rankings.
Lajovic v Mager Prediction and Tip
It would be foolish to underestimate the Italian who quite frankly is more than capable of producing the odd result on clay regardless of the opponent. Mager should also take heart from his recent Grand Slam showing at the US Open where he pushed Next Gen star Kecmanovic to five sets. It is unusual to find Lajovic this short on the moneyline, which makes winning a set market for the Italian appealing.
Tip: Mager to win a set: 1/1 (bet365)