World No. 42, and number five seed, Dusan Lajovic of Serbia will take on Lucas Pouille of France, the world 95, in the first round of the 2021 Hamburg Open on Monday, July 12 Get the live streaming options of this Dusan Lajovic v Lucas Pouille match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dusan Lajovic v Lucas Pouille Head to Head
The pair have met three time before, and Lajovic leads their head to head series by two matches to one. Lajovic won their first meeting at the Australian Open in 2014, but Pouille won on the clay of Bucharest in Romania.
Their last match was also on clay, in the Davis Cup semi-final, and Lajovic won that in four sets.
Lajovic Happy to be Back on Clay
Lajovic will be happy to be back on clay, the surface on which he won his only senior career title to date, the Croatian Open in 2019, having been a surprise finalist at the Monte Carlo Masters a few months earlier.
He began the year well, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, his best ever performance at a Grand Slam event, but that proved to be something of a high water mark, and he experienced a difficult European clay court season, with first round defeats in Monte Carlo, Belgrade, Munich, Madrid, and Rome.
He did better second time round in Serbia and reached the third round, but lost in the first round of the French Open and, although he went one better at Wimbledon, he was then beaten by Dan Evans in straight sets.
Pouille’s Poor Sustained Recent Form
Pouille has won five career titles, on a variety of surfaces, hard, clay and grass courts, and, at his peak, was a top ten player.
In 2019 he was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, but his decline to his current world ranking has been comparatively rapid after several years of indifferent form.
There has been little evidence in 2021 so far to suggest he can arrest his decline, with the only time he reached the third round of any event being at Monte Carlo, where he eventually lost to the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina.
Since then, he has only won one match, and that was in qualifying for the grass court tournament in Mallorca.
He was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Cameron Norrie of Great Britain.
Lajovic v Pouille Prediction and Tip
Although Lajovic has been struggling to find his best form recently, he is in better shape than Pouille whose descent down the rankings continues. This should offer the Serbian the chance of a morale-boosting win.