Australian Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz vs. Dusan Lajovic Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz vs. Dusan Lajovic Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Carlos Alcaraz takes on Dusan Lajovic in the second round on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022.

Carlos Alcaraz played virtually flawless tennis in his first outing of the 2022 season at the Australian Open. Can he keep up that mesmeric performance when he takes on Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic? The Spaniard will be the overwhelming favorite to progress.

Carlos Alcaraz made a real statement intent in his first match as a seeded player at Grand Slam level. The number 31 seed proved a step ahead of Alejandro Tabilo on Court 7 as he outmuscled and out-powered the Chilean to win 6-2 6-2 6-3, barely breaking sweat. Alcaraz hammered 12 aces and won an impressive 79% first-serve points. He also fashioned 16 break points and converting seven. After taking more time during the off season to recharge his batteries, Alcaraz elected not to play any warm-up tournaments Down Under. His next assignment will be Dusan Lajovic, ranked 39th in the world at the Australian Open.

Dusan Lajovic, for his part, comes into Wednesday’s match following a stunning five-set win over Marton Fucsovics. In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Lajovic is Serbian’s top-ranked player in the men’s draw and he duly lived up to the mantle. The topsy-turvy opening match against the Hungarian was on a knife edge for the best part of four sets. But it was until the fifth set when Lajovic decided to turn it on, breaking Fucsovics twice and committing just three unforced errors in the set. The Serbian’s task will get even more difficult when he squares off against the precociously-talented Carlos Alcaraz at the Australian Open.

Carlos Alcaraz and Dusan Lajovic have not played on the ATP Tour. Wednesday’s match at the Australian Open will be their first collision. Granted Lajovic is the more experienced player, it is the young Spaniard who ticks all the other boxes on the self improvement grid. I expect him to bulldoze his way into the third round.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.

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