TennisSection previews the 2021 Umag Open as Dusan Lajovic (2) takes on Daniel Altmaier (Q) in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, July 23rd, 2021.
Will Daniel Altmaier cause the upset as he aims to show us that he should not be underestimated, especially as he has already beaten big name players? Will Dusan Lajovic continue to improve his game based on the momentum he gained in his second round win? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Umag Open. Who will it be?
Daniel Altmaier put on a solid comeback performance against the always tough Gianluca Mager, beating the Italian in 3 sets 4-6/6-1/7-5. Daniel Altmaier knows he can beat big name players, as he has beaten the likes of Matteo Berrettini before, but he will also know that was over a year ago, and sicne then he has only been able to compete in Challenger Tour tournaments really. Daniel now meets Dusan Lajovic, so he knows he will have to be at his best if he wants to cause the upset.
Dusan Lajovic will be very happy with his performance in the second round, finding some form and composure during the match and getting the job done against Bernabe Zapata Miralles in straight sets 7-5/6-4. Dusan Lajovic will know that he still needs to show consistency if he wants to make us believe that the tide has changes, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Can Dusan use his experience on clay to prevent the determined Daniel Altmaier from causing the upset here at the 2021 Umag Open?
Dusan Lajovic and Daniel Altmaier have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Although Daniel Altmaier has nothing to lose and he will throw the kitchen sink at Dusan Lajovic, he has only won 1 match this year and Dusan will teach him a lesson. Dusan is very experienced and he knows how to play in these clay conditions. If this way Roland Garros in 2020, perhaps I would have chosen Altmaier. However, Altmaier is no longer in that form, and Dusan Lajovic will make his way to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Umag Open.
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