Match Details

Fixture: (1) Carlos Alcaraz vs (Q) Dusan Lajovic.

Date: February 17, 2022.

Tournament: Argentina Open.

Round: Quarterfinal.

Venue: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires.

Category: ATP 250.

Surface: Outdoor Clay.

Prize money: $711,600.

Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | Canada – TSN | Australia – beIN Sports.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Dusan Lajovic preview

World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz will take on qualifier Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Argentina Open on Friday.

Alcaraz received a first-round bye as the top seed here and was up against Laslo Djere in the second round. The Spaniard was off to a fast start as he jumped to a 3-1 lead in the opening set. Following a hold of serve by his opponent, the teenager bagged the next three games to clinch the set.

Both players had quite a few break point chances in the second set. While Alcaraz failed to convert any of them, Djere managed to make the most of his chances towards the end. The Serb broke the top seed’s serve in the 10th game to claim the set.

Alcaraz regrouped rather quickly as he started the third set with a break of serve. He solidified his lead with a service hold and broke Djere’s serve once again towards the end. The teenager served out the match with ease to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Lajovic defeated Renzo Olivo and Felipe Meligeni Alves in the qualifiers to seal his place in the main draw. He then scored a three-set win over Sebastian Baez in the first round, who had just won the Cordoba Open last week. The Serb faced Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the second round.

Lajovic broke his opponent’s serve in the very first game of the match. He held onto the lead and then broke Ugo Carabelli’s serve once again to nab the opener. The second set was rather one-sided, with the Serb dishing out a breadstick to win the match 6-3, 6-1.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Dusan Lajovic head-to-head

Alcaraz leads Lajovic 1-0 in the head-to-head. He won their previous encounter at the 2022 Australian Open in straight sets.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Dusan Lajovic odds

(Odds are sourced from BetMGM)

Carlos Alcaraz vs Dusan Lajovic prediction

Alcaraz looked pretty good, albeit a little rusty, in his first ATP match since last year’s Paris Masters. He hit his groundstrokes quite well and his serving stats were decent too. The Spaniard went 4/12 on break points, an aspect of his game he needs to work on.

For Lajovic, this tournament marks the first time he has won consecutive matches this year. He took out a tough opponent in the form of Baez in the first round and dispatched Ugo Carabelli with ease in the second round.

Given that Alcaraz is still trying to find his footing following an injury layoff, Lajovic could prove to be a challenge. The Serb’s best results have come on clay and his kick serve has been quite effective on the surface.

Alcaraz isn’t shy about switching things up over the course of a match and his problem-solving skills on the court are remarkable. Lajovic’s record against top 10 players isn’t skewed in his favor. The World No. 2 could be pushed to his limits in this match, but is capable of coming out on top in the end.

Pick: Carlos Alcaraz to win in three sets.