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Kevin Anderson vs. Dusan Lajovic 2018 Madrid Masters Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Game
Lajovic vs. Anderson
Date & Time Friday May 11, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
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TV Channel
Tennis
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Tennis | Lajovic vs. Anderson
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Kevin Anderson and Dusan Lajovic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Madrid Masters.

Kevin Anderson is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 77 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Anderson managed to rack up 10 aces on this slow service and win 69 percent of his total service points. When Anderson is getting a ton of free points with his serve and forcing his opponent to play perfect tennis, he’s capable of beating anybody on any given day. Anderson has produced 35 aces in his first two matches, which are numbers you don’t really see on this surface. Anderson has split his last eight quarterfinal appearances. Anderson has never made a semifinal in the ATP Masters Series and is 0-10 in quarterfinal trips. Anderson has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.

Dusan Lajovic is coming off a three sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Lajovic won 75 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Lajovic pulled off possibly the biggest upset of the tournament by winning 68 percent of his service points and coming through with two big breaks. Lajovic has never really had success on the big stage, so while it’s nice to see from the 27-year-old, you have to question if nerves will come into play here. Lajovic has split his last six quarterfinal appearances. Lajovic hopes to make his first ever semifinal appearance in a ATP Masters Series. Lajovic has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.

These two have played once, which was in the 2017 Miami Masters, a match Anderson won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to be decided. 

Give Lajovic credit for making it this far, which is arguably his breakthrough performance on a big stage, but the run has to end eventually. Anderson is getting way too many free points to lose to a lesser player, and it’s about time he makes a semifinal in a ATP Masters Series.

Anderson rolls here in straight sets.

Pick:
Kevin Anderson

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