ATP Cup 2020 – Dusan Lajovic vs Karen Khachanov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dusan Lajovic vs Karen Khachanov taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Dusan Lajovic vs Karen Khachanov on? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – not before 00:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Dusan Lajovic vs Karen Khachanov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Dusan Lajovic vs Karen Khachanov? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Dusan Lajovic and Karen Khachanov? Dusan Lajovic beat Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

DUSAN LAJOVIC

  • Dusan Lajovic continues to prove doubters wrong and put away Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in comprehensive fashion to put Serbia 1-0 up in the quarter-finals.
  • 29-year-old Lajovic has won three of his four singles matches at the ATP Cup which not only takes the pressure off of Serbia’s trump card, Novak Djokovic, but should see Lajovic rise back up the rankings from his current 34th on Monday.
  • Lajovic leads head-to-head record over Karen Khachanov 2-0, though the pair have not played since the summer of 2018 and both previous matches were on the Serb’s favoured clay surface.

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • Karen Khachanov was Team Russia’s first option at the Davis Cup back in November where they met Serbia in the quarter-finals, and he proved pivotal in the doubles after initially losing to Novak Djokovic.
  • At the ATP Cup Khachanov has continued his international form as an excellent second option – probably second only to Roberto Bautista Agut as a top quality back-up – to win all four of his singles matches thus far.
  • 23-year-old Khachanov reached as high as world number eight last summer in a season that seemed to rise and fall on the axis of his compatriot Daniil Medvedev’s meteoric scale.

THE PREDICTION

This is a difficult match to call as Dusan Lajovic continues to beat the players put in front of him, but the clue to this result could be found in an earlier round at the ATP Cup. Lajovic’s defeat by France’s Benoit Paire in the second tie, his only at the tournament, was a real slog and this match could go the same way against Khachanov, who carries some similarities to Paire. Despite the Serbian’s 2-0 lead in their previous meetings, Lajovic has not faced Khachanov in some relative time as the 23-year-old has matured into a more patient and explosive player.

This could go to three, and looks like one of those matches where the first set winner eventually loses. Ultimately, Khachanov should make it 1-0 to Russia before the blockbuster between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.

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