World number 8, Grigor Dimitrov is set to play Dušan Lajović from Serbia in the second round of the ATP China Open in Beijing.
Dušan Lajović entered this tournament via the qualifying event where he dominated the rest of the field by winning both of these matches in straight sets. In the first round of the tournament, Dušan Lajović beat Vasek Pospisil in three sets. In the opening round victory, Dušan Lajović received serve exceptionally well as he managed to break Pospisil’s serve 3 times while winning close to 40% of the points played during the Pospisil service games. While Dušan Lajović’s ability to receive serve was noteworthy, the Serbian struggled to dominate his service matches as his opponent broke his serve 3 times also. This will be a potential problem as Dušan Lajović will struggle to break Dimitrov’s serve with as much ease.
On the other side of the coin, Grigor Dimitrov enters this match following an easy win in the opening round. Dimitrov served exceptionally well as he only allowed his opponent to win 14 points in his service games. Furthermore, Grigor Dimitrov only allowed his opponent to break his serve once. Grigor Dimitrov has a great record at the China Open as he finished second at this tournament in 2016. As far as this match is concerned, Dimitrov is much higher ranked than Dušan Lajović meaning the Bulgarian is expected to win.
Dušan Lajović and Grigor Dimitrov have played once in the past in a match where Dimitrov won in straight sets. That match was at the ATP Chengdu Open in 2016.
While Dušan Lajović has looked good, he has not yet faced an opponent with the ability of Grigor Dimitrov. Dimitrov has a great record at the China Open and with the confidence of a big first-round win, the Bulgarian is looking very solid. I see Grigor Dimitrov winning this match.