ATP Cup 2020 – Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime on? Thursday 9th January, 2020 – not before 23:00 (UK)

What channel is Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Dusan Lajovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Dusan Lajovic and Felix Auger-Aliassime? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DUSAN LAJOVIC

  • World number 34 Dusan Lajovic won two of his three singles matches for Serbia, losing only to France’s Benoit Paire in the second tie, to help Novak Djokovic and co. into the quarter-finals as Group A winners.
  • The Serbian number two reached as high as 23rd in the ATP world rankings last season in what was his best year on tour, though he has strong competition as Djokovic’s secondary from the likes of Laslo Djere, Filip Krajinovic and Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finalist Miomir Kecmanovic.
  • 29-year-old Lajovic has never faced Felix Auger-Aliassime before but as the Canadian youngster will likely play in the doubles if the tie goes to a decider, it is almost as important to tire him out in this first match as it is to win.

FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime has not yet pulled his real weight in his opening singles matches at the ATP Cup, having lost two out of three so far, but he has partnered in-form Denis Shapovalov well in the doubles deciders when necessary.
  • The 19-year-old has so much yet to give and this could be the ideal situation with the pressure on as, despite Shapovalov’s blistering recent form, this tie will likely hang on the balance of this first match with Novak Djokovic to follow.
  • Auger-Aliassime was only fit enough to face Roberto Bautista Agut in the finals of the Davis Cup last November though his breakthrough in a run to the semi-finals of the Miami Masters last season shows what he is capable of on this surface.

THE PREDICTION

Realistically the result of this tie between Serbia and Canada rests on this match, unless Denis Shapovalov can claim the biggest win of his young career in the second match against Djokovic. Before the week began, Felix Auger-Aliassime will have been the likely favourite to win here but his form throughout the tournament has been lacking in parts. He will need to step it up against a beatable opponent in Dusan Lajovic if he is to make this tie interesting and this tie should go to a decider as both battle it out, with several shifts in the balance. Form suggests Lajovic can edge this, but Auger-Aliassime should up his game here to win.

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