Del Potro vs Dusan Lajovic Tennis Prediction
These two players have never met before. Anywhere else, Juan Martin Del Potro will be the overwhelming favorite to beat the Serbian, but on clay, Dusan Lajovic does have an outside chance of causing an upset.
Dusan Lajovic News
Dusan Lajovic upset the world #29 Richard Gasquet in straight sets (7-6 7-6) to progress to the R16 of Madrid Masters for the first time in his career. This is also the Serbian’s best win of the season (in terms of opponent’s ranking).
The win against Gasquet was Lajovic’s fourth straight-set win of the week having previously scored comprehensive wins over Karen Khachanov (R1), Florian Mayer (QR2) and Daniel Gimeno Traver (QR2).
Dusan Lajovic is enjoying the best week of his season as he could not win back-to-back main draw matches in a tour-level event before entering the Madrid Masters.
Lajovic’s only previous R16 appearance in a Masters 1000 event came at 2016 Indian Wells, where he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.
Playing his first match since the Miami Open, Juan Martin Del Potro looked ever so comfortable as he cruised to a straight-set win over Damir Dzumhur, who is going through a rough patch at the moment.
Juan Martin Del Potro News
World #6 Juan Martin Del Potro has now won 22 matches so far in 2018 from just 26 outings (22/4). He was even going through a 15-match winning run which was put to an end by the newly crowned Miami Open champion John Isner.
The Argentine #1 is a two-time semifinalist here at the Madrid Masters (2012 and 2009), and also made the quarterfinal once in 2008. However, his recent visit ended in the second round by Jack Sock in 2016.
Earlier this season, Juan Martin Del Potro won his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Indian Wells by handing Roger Federer his first defeat of the season in the title decider.
Tennis Prediction: Juan Martin Del Potro 2-0 SET