Daniil Medvedev vs. Dusan Lajovic
|Date & Time||Saturday April 20, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
Monte-Carlo Country Club
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Daniil Medvedev and Dusan Lajovic meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a three sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 70 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 10 break points. Medvedev now has two wins over top-10 players this year and has won five of his last six matches that have gone the distance. Medvedev has produced a combined 20 breaks this tournament and should be high on confidence considering he’s won 14 of his last 18 matches overall. Medvedev has a chance to make his third final appearance of the year and his seventh final appearance of his career. Medvedev also has a shot to make his first ever Masters 1000 final appearance. Medvedev has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
Dusan Lajovic is coming off a straight sets win over Lorenzo Sonego that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Lajovic won 79 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Lajovic won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his four break points. Lajovic has won all eight sets this tournament and has produced a combined 14 breaks during that span. Lajovic has quietly won six of his last seven matches overall, which is quite impressive considering he left Indian Wells losing eight of his last 10 matches. Lajovic has a chance to make his first ever ATP singles final appearance. This is Lajovic’s first ever semifinal appearance in a Masters 1000. Lajovic has won six of his last nine matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in Moscow of 2018, a match Medvedev won in straight sets. The match took 15 games to be decided.
Give Lajovic credit for getting to this point and playing clean tennis that’s allowed him to not even drop a set this tournament. I’m just not sure how you bet against Medvedev, who has beaten back-to-back top-10 players and has done so rather convincingly. Medvedev is moving well on this surface and has been extremely sharp with his return. He also has a clear edge in experience in big matches.
This is a match Medvedev could win in straight sets.