Alexander Bublik vs Dusan Lajovic - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Second Round
Tuesday February 9th, 2021 / 10:30pm EST
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Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan faces 23rd seeded Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the Second Round of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday February 9th, 2021 at a time yet to be announced. This will be the first matchup between the two players, who will win and advance to the Third Round?
Alexander Bublik is a true enigma of the ATP Tour. He draws comparisons to Nick Kyrgios with his aggressive baseline game, his temperament and his love for underhanded serves. He has tremendous firepower from the baseline and a big serve, but struggles mightily with focus and anger issues, which cause him to self-implode. On his day he can trouble the very best, but he is just as likely to lose to an unknown player. He is in mixed form so far in 2021, losing in the Second Round at the Adelaide Open to eventual finalist Stefano Travaglia. Bublik is still young and has time on his side to figure it out. Once he does, he will be very dangerous. He was very impressive in his First Round win over Aljaz Bedene, in four tight sets. If he is at his best and can focus throughout I consider him the favorite here despite his lower ranking.
Dusan Lajovic is currently ranked #26. He is a very solid baseliner with powerful groundstrokes. Despite clay being his favored surface he is still a dangerous opponent as evidenced by past results. If he returns serve well he can certainly keep this match interesting but it will be a huge challenge. He surprisingly was taken to five sets in the First Round by Sergiy Stakhovsky but rebounded well to win after being down. He is very experienced and will be confident of his chances against the talented but erratic Bublik.
This is a tough match to predict and it fully depends on Bublik’s mindset. If he is distracted and unmotivated then he will have little chance against the consistent Lajovic. If he is playing well then he has too much firepower for the Serb to handle. I am going to go with the latter, he seems to be playing well and fully engaged. Expect Bublik to win this match in four tough sets.