Rio Open 2022: Dusan Lajovic vs. Fernando Verdasco Tennis Pick and Prediction

Rio Open 2022: Dusan Lajovic vs. Fernando Verdasco Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Rio Open as Dusan Lajovic takes on Fernando Verdasco in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.

Will Fabio Fognini get the win? Will Facundo Bagnis pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the Spanish veteran taking on the Serbian technician. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open?

Dusan Lajovic hasn’t been having the results he would like to have as of late, dropping out early in tournaments and not beating every player who he should be beating. He plays a solid clay court game, and I do expect him to beat Verdasco considering Verdasco hardly plays too much top level tennis and is only getting older and older being 41 years old. Let’s see if Lajovic can get a good start to his 2022 Rio Open.

Fernando Verdasco has a tough first match ahead of him in Dusan Lajovic, to defeat him, he will have to bring out some of that old aggression he can bring with his Nadal-esque game. I think he will push Lajovic considering he got a win last week and Lajovic is not in top form. I ultimately expect Lajovic to outlast him though, being able to stay in a match much longer and using his versatile game to edge out Verdasco as he aims to make the last 16 of the 2022 Rio Open.

Dusan Lajovic and Fernando Verdasco have met 5 times before, with Dusan Lajovic leading the head to head 3-2. Their meetings ranged from 2015-2018, with almost every match being a 3 setter, I expect this one to go the distance as well, considering Verdasco is more fit for the clay and Lajovic isn’t playing great. Eventually though, Lajovic will outlast Verdasco and take his place in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Dusan Lajovic to win in 3 sets.

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