Antwerp Open 2021: Richard Gasquet vs. Dusan Lajovic Tennis Pick and Prediction

Antwerp Open 2021: Richard Gasquet vs. Dusan Lajovic Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Antwerp Open as Richard Gasquet meets Dusan Lajovic in the First Round on Monday October 18th, 2021.

The 2021 Antwerp Open begins on October 18th and it is sure to be a very exciting event. Veterans Richard Gasquet and Dusan Lajovic will do battle for a spot in the Round of 16. Both men have had very successful careers but have been quite inconsistent this season, and will be hoping for a strong performance this week. Who will get the win and advance here?

Richard Gasquet is unseeded here at the 2021 Antwerp Open and is ranked #81 on the ATP Tour. The Frenchman was once ranked inside the top 10 and has had a long and highly successful career. Sadly, it appears that his career is approaching it’s end, and he has been in very poor form over the past few seasons. After losing in the First Round at the US Open to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev he played two Challenger events to find some form with relative success, reaching a Semi-Final and a Quarter-Final. He faces a tricky opponent here in Dusan Lajovic and will truly have to be at his best to get the win here, but will be buoyed by the fact that Lajovic is also in poor form lately.

Dusan Lajovic is the eighth seed here at the 2021 Antwerp Open and is currently ranked #35 in the world rankings. Like his opponent Richard Gasquet, the Serbian has been in poor form lately, only winning one match over his past four events. His last match was a First Round loss to Tommy Paul in straight sets at Indian Wells, and he will be hoping to turn his season around with a solid showing here. Lajovic is an aggressive baseliner with an exceptional one handed backhand, and can be very dangerous on this surface despite clay being preferred. He is the favorite for this match due to his much higher ranking but Lajovic will know that he is in for a huge battle here against the veteran Gasquet.

This is the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Dusan Lajovic leading the head to head 1-0. He won their only meeting three years ago on clay in Madrid, 7-6, 7-6. I am expecting this to be a very long and intense match, between two players who are not at their best. Despite Lajovic being the higher ranked player by some margin, I am going with Richard Gasquet to get the win. He has found form at the Challenger level, and his confidence should be creeping back after a difficult season. Lajovic has been in miserable form lately and I think that the Frenchman will be able to take advantage of that, and should win a tight match here at the 2021 Antwerp Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Richard Gasquet to win in 3 sets

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