Dušan Lajović

Dušan Lajović (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Лајовић; born 30 June 1990) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Lajović has won one singles and two doubles titles on the ATP Tour. On 29 April 2019, Lajović reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 23. On 21 September 2020, he peaked at No. 82 in the doubles rankings. [3]

Dušan Lajović
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Country (sports) Serbia
ResidenceStara Pazova, Serbia
Born (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 32)[1]
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed
(one-handed backhand)
CoachJosé Perlas (2016–)
Prize moneyUS$ 7,865,468
Singles
Career record163–218 (42.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 23 (29 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 86 (16 January 2023)[2]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (2021)
French Open4R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014, 2017, 2021, 2022)
US Open3R (2018)
Doubles
Career record43–83 (34.1% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 82 (21 September 2020)
Current rankingNo. 554 (16 January 2023)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2014, 2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (2013)
Last updated on: 19 January 2023.


He is best known for his clay-court game, kick serve and strong flowing groundstrokes, especially his one-handed backhand. Lajović regularly represents Serbia in team competitions, after playing in the now defunct World Team Cup in 2010 and 2011, he is a member of the Serbian Davis Cup team since 2012 and he contributed greatly to Serbia winning the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020, as he won four of six matches. He won his first singles tournament at the 2019 Croatia Open and reached his first Masters 1000 final at the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters.

Tennis careerEdit

2007-2011Edit

For a long time, Lajović primarily played on the Futures circuit and the Challenger circuit.

In 2011 he qualified for the Kremlin Cup, and lost in the first round of the main draw. In the 2011 St. Petersburg Open, he reached the quarterfinals for the first time in his career.

2012: Davis Cup debutEdit

In 2012, he began working with a new coach, Boris Bošnjaković, played in the Davis Cup for the first time, reached the finals of 2012 Orbetello Challenger and won the 2012 Samarkand Challenger.

2013: Davis Cup finalistEdit

Replacing an injured Janko Tipsarevic, he played two live rubbers in the 2013 Davis Cup final, including the deciding rubber against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic. He was defeated comfortably in both but was praised by team-mate Novak Djokovic for how he coped with the big occasion.

2014: Major debut at Australian Open, French Open fourth roundEdit

His first appearance in the main draw of a grand slam was at Australian Open and he reached second round where he lost to Kei Nishikori. He bettered this at the French Open by reaching the fourth round where he was beaten in straight sets by then-world number one and eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

2015: First ATP doubles title & second Davis Cup quarterfinalEdit

Partnered with Radu Albot, they won the Istanbul doubles title, marking the first ATP doubles title for the Serb.[4] At the French Open he lost to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round in four sets.

2016: Third Davis Cup quarterfinalEdit

At the Argentina Open, Lajović reached quarterfinals defeating world No. 12 John Isner en route.[5] He reached the semifinals of the Brasil Open after beating top seed and world No. 20 Benoît Paire in the second round, that was his first tour-level semifinal appearance after losing all eight prior quarterfinals matches before in his career.[6] This was followed by semifinal appearances at the 2016 Generali Open in Kitzbühel and the 2016 Los Cabos Open.

2017: Masters fourth round & Davis Cup semifinalEdit

In Indian wells, the Serbian defeated five opponents to reach the fourth round eventually losing to Pablo Carreno Busta.

His contributions in successful Davis Cup ties against Russia & Spain, resulted in Serbia making the semifinal where he defeated Lucas Pouille but lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

2018: Masters quarterfinalEdit

At the Australian Open Lajović lost in five sets to US Open quarterfinalist Diego Schwartzman in his opening match. His next match was a five set loss to Miami Masters champion John Isner in a Davis Cup tie. A temporary return to the Challenger Tour resulted in winning the Open Region Guadeloupe.

After qualifying for the Monte-Carlo Masters, he faced 12 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, losing in straight sets. At the Madrid Masters, he defeated former top ten player Richard Gasquet in the second round, followed by a victory over world No. 6 Juan Martín del Potro, before falling to world No. 8 Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals. This clay-court season was topped off with a semifinal appearance at the Lyon Open and a five-set loss at the French Open to world No. 3 Alexander Zverev.

Lajović's first-round match at Wimbledon was against defending champion & world No. 2 Roger Federer, he would lose in three quick sets. At the China Open he was able to secure his second victory over a top 10 player, defeating world No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov. On 15 October, Lajović reached the top 50 ranking for the first time in his career.

2019: Top 25; Masters final, maiden titleEdit

In January 2019, Lajović scored his 100th career victory and reached a new career-high ranking of world No. 45. Lajović secured his third top-ten victory in Miami defeating world No. 6 Kei Nishikori. At the Monte-Carlo Masters, he reached his maiden ATP Tour final without dropping a set. En route to the final, Lajović defeated former top 10 player David Goffin, reigning French Open finalist, world No. 5 Dominic Thiem, and world No. 14 Daniil Medvedev. His run ended in the final against Fabio Fognini in straight sets. Lajović climbed to a new career-high ranking of No. 24 at the conclusion of the tournament. Lajović won his first ATP Tour singles title at the Croatian Open in Umag, defeating Hungarian Attila Balázs in the final.[7]

2020: ATP Cup championEdit

At the inaugural ATP Cup, Lajović assisted Serbia in making history as the first nation to win Davis, World Team and ATP Cups, winning four of six matches. At the Australian Open he defeated 2018 semifinalist Kyle Edmund in straight sets before losing to world no. 14 Diego Schwartzman in the third round.

2021: Australian Open fourth roundEdit

Lajović started his 2021 season representing Serbia at the ATP Cup. He lost to Milos Raonic of Canada[8] and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.[9] Despite winning last year, Serbia failed to defend the title.[10] Seeded 23rd at the Australian Open, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for a second time in his career. He ended up getting defeated by 6th seed Alexander Zverev.[11]

Seeded third at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, Lajović was eliminated in the second round by Dennis Novak.[12] At the Rotterdam Open, he stunned World No. 3 and top seed, Daniil Medvedev, in the first round.[13] With this win, Lajović was able to stop Medvedev from reaching number two in the ATP rankings. He was beaten in the second round by Borna Ćorić.[14]

2022: Third consecutive ATP CupEdit

Lajović started his 2022 season by representing Serbia at the ATP Cup as the No. 1 player after the withdrawal of Novak Djokovic.[15] Serbia was in Group A alongside Norway, Chile, and Spain. He ended up losing to Casper Ruud, Cristian Garín via retirement, and Roberto Bautista Agut.[16][17][18] Serbia ended up third in Group A. Seeded sixth at the Sydney Classic, he was defeated in the second round by American Maxime Cressy.[19] At the Australian Open, he was eliminated in the second round by world No. 31 Carlos Alcaraz.[20]

Seeded fifth at the Argentina Open, Lajović was beaten in the second round by Argentinian Federico Coria.[21] In Rio, he lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco.[22] At the Mexican Open, he was defeated in the second round by Tommy Paul.[23] Playing at the Indian Wells Masters, he lost in the first round to Filip Krajinović.[24] In Miami, he lost in the first round to Juan Manuel Cerúndolo.[25]

Lajović kicked off his clay-court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters. He lost his second-round match to Grigor Dimitrov.[26] Competing at the Serbia Open in his country, he was defeated in the first round by qualifier Taro Daniel. At the Estoril Open, he lost in the first round to fifth seed and eventual finalist, Frances Tiafoe.[27] The week of May 1st saw Lajović playing at the Madrid Open. He stunned World No. 7 and fifth seed, Casper Ruud, in the second round.[28] He fell in the third round to World No. 14 and 12th seed, Hubert Hurkacz.[29] Getting past qualifying at the Italian Open, he lost in the first round to Alex de Minaur.[30] Ranked No. 64 at the French Open, he was defeated in the first round by Sebastián Báez.[31]

Seeded second at the Emilia-Romagna Open, an ATP Challenger event in Italy, Lajović reached the semifinals where he lost to Borna Ćorić.

Lajović played only one tournament to prepare for Wimbledon. At the Mallorca Championships, he was ousted from the tournament in the first round by Daniel Altmaier.[32] Ranked 64 at Wimbledon, he lost in the second round to Alexander Bublik.[33]

Seeded second at the Salzburg Open, an ATP Challenger event in Austria, Lajović made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to sixth seed and eventual champion, Thiago Monteiro.[34]

He finished the year ranked outside of the top 100 at No. 102 on 21 November 2022, his lowest year-end ranking in 10 years.

In December he won the 2022 Maia Challenger, his seventh at this level.[35]

2023: Australian swingEdit

In January, he lost in three tight sets in the qualifying of ASB Classic to Christopher Eubanks. At the Australian Open, he lost in the first round in four sets against the 20th seed, Denis Shapovalov.

Playing styleEdit

Lajović plays his best games on clay courts, with a strong baseline game capable of creating decent pace on both wings. He can create heavy kick on his serve, especially effective on clay.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Lajović was born 30 June 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia to parents Marina and Dragiša Lajović.[36] He started playing tennis when he was seven years old in T.K. Stara Pazova and later continued in T.K. Partizan Belgrade. He is in longtime relationship with Serbian medical doctor Lidija Mikic. [37] He lives in Stara Pazova, Serbia where he owns a coffee shop.[38]

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS NTI P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2023 Australian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R 0 / 10 9–10 47%
French Open A A Q1 Q3 4R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 9 9–9 50%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R NH 2R 2R 0 / 8 4–8 33%
US Open A A A Q1 1R Q1 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 8 4–8 33%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–4 1–3 2–4 2–4 3–4 3–4 3–3 5–4 2–4 0–1 0 / 35 26–35 43%
National representation
Davis Cup A A QF F 1R QF QF SF 1R QF SF GS 0 / 10 12–9 57%
World Team Cup RR RR A Not Held 0 / 2 1–1 50%
ATP Cup Not Held W RR RR NH 1 / 3 4–7 36%
Win–loss 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–3 1–3 0–0 1 / 15 17–17 50%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R NH 2R 1R 0 / 8 6–8 43%
Miami Open A A A A 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R NH 3R 1R 0 / 8 6–8 43%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A Q1 A A Q1 1R F NH 1R 2R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
Madrid Open A A A A A A Q2 A QF 1R NH 1R 3R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Italian Open A A A A Q2 1R Q1 A Q2 Q2 3R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A 1R NH 3R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A Q2 1R Q1 1R Not Held 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Paris Masters A A A A Q1 2R 1R Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 1–3 3–3 5–5 8–8 2–3 5–8 3–5 0–0 0 / 41 29–41 41%
Career statistics
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Career
Tournaments 1 5 1 4 17 21 22 21 23 27 14 25 20 1 Career total: 202
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 Career total: 2
Hard win–loss 0–0 2–3 1–0 0–2 6–10 3–8 8–12 10–11 8–9 9–16 7–9 12–17 4–11 0–1 0 / 96 70–109 39%
Clay win–loss 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–4 9–6 14–12 11–9 6–9 15–13 12–9 7–7 5–9 6–10 0–0 1 / 90 87–93 48%
Grass win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 0 / 16 6–16 27%
Overall win–loss 0–2 3–5 2–1 0–6 16–19 17–21 19–23 18–22 24–24 21–27 14–16 18–28 11–23 0–1 1 / 202 163–218 43%
Win (%) 0% 38% 67% 0% 46% 45% 45% 45% 50% 44% 47% 40% 32% 0% 42.78%
Year-end ranking 434 190 163 116 69 76 93 75 48 34 26 33 80 $7,865,468

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 8 1–8 11%
French Open A 2R 1R A 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 0 / 7 4–7 36%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A 2R 1R NH 1R 1R 0 / 6 2–6 25%
US Open 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 1R A 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Win–Loss 1–1 1–4 2–4 1–2 2–4 3–2 0–2 0–4 0–3 0–1 0 / 27 10–27 27%

Significant finalsEdit

ATP Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay   Fabio Fognini 3–6, 4–6

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Fabio Fognini 3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2019 Croatia Open Umag, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Attila Balázs 7–5, 7–5

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2014 Croatia Open Umag, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Franko Škugor   František Čermák
  Lukáš Rosol
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 1–1 May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay   Radu Albot   Robert Lindstedt
  Jürgen Melzer
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Win 2–1 Sep 2019 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard   Nikola Ćaćić   Jonathan Erlich
  Fabrice Martin
7–6(11–9), 3–6, [10–3]

Team competitionEdit

Finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2013 Davis Cup, Belgrade, Serbia Hard (i)   Novak Djokovic
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Ilija Bozoljac
  Tomáš Berdych
  Radek Štěpánek
  Lukáš Rosol
  Jan Hájek
2–3
Win 1–1 Jan 2020 ATP Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard   Novak Djokovic
  Nikola Milojević
  Viktor Troicki
  Nikola Ćaćić
  Rafael Nadal
  Roberto Bautista Agut
  Pablo Carreño Busta
  Albert Ramos Viñolas
  Feliciano López
2–1

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (12 titles, 5 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (7–2)
ITF Futures (5–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2009 Serbia F5, Sombor Futures Clay   Aleksandar Slović 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Jun 2010 Serbia F1, Belgrade Futures Clay   Oleksandr Nedovyesov 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2010 Serbia F4, Novi Sad Futures Clay   Aldin Šetkić 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 2–2 Aug 2010 Italy F22, Este Futures Clay   Matteo Viola 5–7, 1–6
Loss 2–3 Oct 2010 Egypt F5, Cairo Futures Clay   Miljan Zekić 1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 3–3 Mar 2011 Italy F2, Cividino Futures Hard   Andrea Stoppini 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 4–3 Mar 2011 Italy F3, Foggia Futures Clay   Walter Trusendi 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–2
Win 5–3 Oct 2011 Croatia F10, Umag Futures Clay   Andrey Kuznetsov 6–4, 0–6, 7–5
Loss 5–4 Jul 2012 Orbetello, Italy Challenger Clay   Roberto Bautista Agut 3–6, 1–6
Win 6–4 Aug 2012 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Challenger Clay   Farrukh Dustov 6–3, 6–2
Win 7–4 Jun 2013 Caltanissetta, Italy Challenger Clay   Robin Haase 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 7–5 Jun 2013 Blois, France Challenger Clay   Julian Reister 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7)
Win 8–5 Nov 2013 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard   Julian Reister w/o
Win 9–5 Sep 2015 Banja Luka, BiH Challenger Hard   Victor Hănescu 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Win 10–5 Jul 2017 Båstad, Sweden Challenger Clay   Leonardo Mayer 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 11–5 Apr 2018 Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard   Denis Kudla 6–4, 6–0
Win 12–5 Dec 2022 Maspalomas, Spain Challenger Clay   Steven Diez 6–1, 6–4

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–1)
ITF Futures (4–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2008 ITF Belgrade, Serbia Futures Clay   Nikola Čačić   David Savić
  Miljan Zekić
7–6(8–6), 3–6, [10–8]
Loss 1–1 Oct 2009 ITF Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay   Nikola Ćirić   Oscar Burrieza-Lopez
  Javier Marti
4–6, 6–1, [9–11]
Win 2–1 May 2010 ITF Sarajevo, BiH Futures Clay   Miljan Zekić   Mirza Bašić
  Zlatan Kadrić
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–1 Aug 2010 ITF Novi Sad, Serbia Futures Clay   Ilija Vučić   Javier Herrera-Eguiluz
  Brendan Moore
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Win 4–1 Oct 2010 ITF Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay   Miljan Zekić   Alexander Lobkov
  Alexander Rumyantsev
7–6(7–5), 7–6(10–8)
Loss 4–2 Sep 2015 Sibiu, Romania Challenger Clay   Ilija Bozoljac   Victor Crivoi
  Petru-Alexandru Luncanu
4–6, 3–6

Record against other playersEdit

Record against top 10 playersEdit

  • Lajović's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in bold (ATP World Tour, Grand Slam and Davis Cup main draw matches).
* as of 16 January 2023

Top 10 winsEdit

  • He has a 6–22 (21.4%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Total
Wins 2 2 0 1 1 0 6
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DLR
2018
1.   Juan Martín del Potro 6 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 3R 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6) 95
2.   Grigor Dimitrov 8 China Open, China Hard 2R 6–4, 2–6, 6–4 55
2019
3.   Kei Nishikori 6 Miami Open, United States Hard 2R 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 44
4.   Dominic Thiem 5 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Clay 3R 6–3, 6–3 48
2021
5.   Daniil Medvedev 3 Rotterdam Open, Netherlands Hard 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–4 27
2022
6.   Casper Ruud 7 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 2R 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–4 77
* As of 4 May 2022

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