2019 Shanghai Masters – Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic taking place? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

When is Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic on and what time does it start? Monday 7th October, 2019, TBD (UK)

What is the expected weather for Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic? Partly cloudy with temperatures around 25c

What channel is Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live va their platform

Where can I get tickets for Reilly Opelka vs Dusan Lajovic? http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/

THE LOWDOWN

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REILLY OPELKA

  • Reilly Opelka made it through the likes of Taylor Fritz and Gilles Simon on his way to the semi-finals of the Japan Open, where he lost to John Millman in straight sets.
  • 22-year-old man-mountain Opelka has threatened some real form in the latter stages of this season but suffered a poor defeat to world number 118 Dominik Koepfer at the US Open last month.
  • 6”11 Opelka won the New York Open in February on a hard court and he enters his first Shanghai Masters with real pedigree on this surface.

DUSAN LAJOVIC

  • Dusan Lajovic took the first set against the third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the China Open last week but went on to lose their first-round match.
  • Serbian Lajovic has suffered a couple of poor defeats before Tsitsipas, losing out to world number 111 Denis Kudla at the US Open and then Lloyd Harris at the Chengdu Open.
  • The 29-year-old, ranked 29th in the world, is searching for his first win at this tournament after losing his only previous first-round match to John Isner in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Reilly Opelka is still something of an unknown entity on the tour as the latest in a long line of giant big-serving Americans with some glimpses of footwork that has caught the likes of Stan Wawrinka out this year. He takes on Dusan Lajovic for the first time here, with the Serbian ranked almost 30 places higher than him in the ATP rankings. You could argue, though, that these players could switch their ranks and go unnoticed, and Opelka has the game to prove that in a win here.

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