Reasons for Rafael Nadal vs Dusan Lajovic tip
Rafael Nadal became the top player in the ATP Rankings after the tournament in Cincinnati. The Spaniard once again managed to reach this position after more than three years. Now he has a different goal, and he wants to reach the second Grand Slam title in 2017. The last time he was victorious in New York was in 2013 when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals. Since then, the biggest achievement for Rafa was the 4th round at Flushing Meadows. By his standards, this is not very good result and that is why he wants to change that. His opponent in this game will be Dusan Lajovic the Serbian native and the 84th player in the world.
Rafael Nadal overview
Nadal created history in 2017 as he became the first player to win 10 Grand Slam titles at one tournament. Of course, this happened in Paris at Roland Garros. But he also became the first player who won 10 titles at one master tournament and that occurred in Monte Carlo. Nadal appeared in two Grand Slam finals, and after a defeat at Australian Open, he was victorious at French Open. His record in this year is 49 victories and 9 defeats. Nadal also won Barcelona Open and Masters tournament in Madrid.
Dusan Lajovic overview
The Serbian player didn’t show much during this season. He was struggling to find his game, and after 27 matches in 2017, he has 13 victories and 14 defeats. The 84th player in the ATP rankings has fallen two places in the standings when comparing to the previous year, and that is a clear sign that Lajovic is stagnating or even going backward. He has only one win in the last 4 matches, and that came in the first round of Winston-Salem. But he was eliminated immediately in the next round to Bautista- Agut routinely 2-0, 6-3, 6-4. After the quarterfinals in Kitzbuhel and his loss against Phillipe Kohlschreiber, he simply can’t find his consistency. That defeat was tough because Lajovic had a chance to win and advance to the semi-finals.
Head to head matches
Nadal and Lajovic met only once prior to this encounter, and that happened 3 years ago in Paris at Roland Garros. In the round of 16, the Spaniard had demolished Serbian player allowing him only 4 gems, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. The match ended after only 93 minutes.
Prediction for Rafael Nadal vs Dusan Lajovic tip
Really, we do not have many logical choices here but to play on Rafa to win. It is his opening game, and he wants to start the quest for another title confidently. Nadal is aware that he can’t afford to lose too much energy in the opening rounds. Therefore he will be looking to solve this match quickly. Rafael Nadal to win without a lost set is our choice here.