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Italian Open 2024: Dušan Lajović vs. Lorenzo Sonego;  Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction
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Italian Open 2024: Dušan Lajović vs. Lorenzo Sonego; Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

The Italian Open continues the action on the slowest surface in tennis. Dušan Lajović will play local favorite Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 128. After failing to qualify for the Monte Carlo Masters, managed to achieve the semi-final of the Barcelona Open. He would then be eliminated in the first round at the Madrid Open.

Sonego has played four clay court tournaments so far, but has only achieved one win in the main event each time tournament. He will be confronted by A big challenge in Lajović, who has shown some Good matches.

Dušan Lajović vs Lorenzo Sonego: Preview

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Dušan Lajović lost 4-6, 3-6 to Thiago Monteiro in the Madrid Open. The Serbian player hit 2 aces and 1 double fault, while winning 61% of the points in first place serve and 72% on the second serve. Lajović could not take more than 9 service points from Monteiro and Also gave away 2 break points, while none were won. He could not repeat his performance from the Barcelona Open in Madrid, which showed promise while serving and returning in the first two rounds.

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Sonego beat Alex Michelsen 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and then lost to Emilio Nava 6-7, 4-6 in the Cagliari Challenger. The Italian hit seven aces and eight double faults. He averaged 65% of points on the first serve and 58% of them points on the second serve. Out 18 break points, Sonego won 6 and gave 3 break points to each player. He had a solid return match against both opponents, winning 25 against Michelsen and 31 against Nava.

Lajović vs. Sonego: Head-to-Head

Dušan Lajović and Lorenzo Sonego played each other four times on the ATP Tour. Sonego leads the rivalry 3-1, but both have won the same number of matches on clay.

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  • 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters Quarterfinals: Lajović 6-4, 7-5
  • Round of 16 Rio Open 2020: Sonego 7-6, 7-6
  • Round of 32 in Vienna Open 2020: Sonego 6-4, 6-3
  • 2023 Stockholm Open round of 32: Sonego 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Sonego won their most recent matches. However, their clay fights took place more than four years ago And their last battle was played more than a half year ago. The results of their current bout will depend on the momentum they bring to the tournament.

Prediction: Sonego advances to round 64

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Lajović is an unpredictable player. His form has varied from tournament to tournament, which won’t bode well for him against Sonego, who has shown control over his opponent’s serve. The crowd’s support will be another added benefit for Sonego as they will be cheering on the Italian. The former number 21 will also play his favorite surface, which means more problems for the Serb.

Lajović did show promise in Barcelona, ​​though went straight back to a faint tennis show. If he manages to channel what made him great on the Catalan clay, he could give Sonego a tough fight and even beat the player. Local for now favorite has a better chance of getting ahead.