2020 Australian Open – Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic on and what time does it start? Monday 20th January, 2020 – 00:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic? Thundery showers expected, 22c

What channel is Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Kyle Edmund vs Dusan Lajovic? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Kyle Edmund and Dusan Lajovic? Kyle Edmund beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

KYLE EDMUND

  • Kyle Edmund started the year off poorly with a first-round loss to Filip Krajinovic at the Qatar Open but made the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland before losing to John isner in straight tiebreaks.
  • The 25-year-old now faces his second Serbian this year in Dusan Lajovic as Edmund aims to recapture the kind of form that saw him fantastically reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2018.
  • Edmund has won both matches played against Lajovic, once for Great Britain in a Davis Cup group stage match in 2016 but more recently at the Beijing Open in 2018.

DUSAN LAJOVIC

  • Dusan Lajovic started 2020 in sparkling form and won the inaugural ATP Cup with Team Serbia by winning four of his six singles matches including victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov.
  • The ATP Cup represents the biggest win of 27-year-old Lajovic’s career by some margin and he should come in to this first Australian Open match with some real belief following two successive years of first-round exits here.
  • Lajovic has never made it past the second round here in Melbourne but he reached a career-high of 23rd in the ATP world rankings last April and is on his way back there after his ATP Cup exploits saw him rise seven places to 27th.

THE PREDICTION

There are so many ways this match could go between Kyle Edmund and Dusan Lajovic but most suggest that this could be a real slog. In their best form the Brit is the better player but it is hard to tell at this stage of the season where he is exactly, though his play is dominated by his mind-set. His run to the semi-finals at this tournament could set him in good stead here as experience, but his opponent is in some excellent form too. Lajovic could come off the boil after such an exhilarating win with Serbia in Sydney last weekend, but at this time he just shades this match on form.

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