TennisSection previews the 2022 Sydney Open as Alejandro Davidovich Fokina takes on Dusan Lajovic in the first round on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.
Will Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have enough energy in the tank to compete at the Sydney Open? Or will Dusan Lajovic record a win? At the time of writing, Davidovich Fokina is due to play in a doubles match during the evening at the ATP Cup before his Sydney Open adventure begins in 24 hours time.
As mentioned, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is part of the Spain team that has reached the final of the ATP Cup for the second time in three years. Davidovich Fokina has been used sparingly in doubles where he teamed up with Pedro Martinez and won two matches in the group stage. With Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta leading the line in singles competition, the 22-year-old is unlikely to play a minute in the championship match in singles. Regardless, he could still be a valuable member in the team should the final against Canada be decided in the doubles rubber.
Dusan Lajovic was also part of the ATP Cup, but had a rather disappointing campaign. Lajovic was instrumental in Serbia’s ATP Cup success in the first edition alongside Novak Djokovic. But he looked a shadow of that player from the 2020 tournament. The one-handed Serbian went 0-3 in singles matches at this year’s ATP Cup as his country made a group stage exit. He won one set from three matches. With the Australian Open on the horizon, Lajovic will be keen to rack up some wins under his belt at the 2022 Sydney Open. He is defending fourth-round points from last year’s participation at the first Major in a couple of week’s time.
Dusan Lajovic leads Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 1-0 in their head-to-head. He defeated the Spaniard 6-4 6-4 in a Round of 16 meeting at the Rome Masters in 2020. I think fatigue could be a factor in this match at the Sydney Open. Davidovich Fokina is currently committed at the ATP Cup. Should Spain win or lose, the emotional toil could be too much to handle. Lajovic should fancy his chances of posting his first win of the calendar.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Dusan Lajovic in straight sets.
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