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Dušan Lajović (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Лајовић; born 30 June 1990) is a Serbian professional tennis player.

Dušan Lajović
Dušan Lajović 5, Aegon Championships, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Serbia
ResidenceStara Pazova, Serbia
Born (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 29)[1]
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachJosé Perlas
Prize money$4,491,105
Singles
Career record116–139 (45.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 23 (29 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 26 (22 July 2019)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2016, 2017)
French Open4R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014, 2017)
US Open3R (2018)
Doubles
Career record31–51 (37.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 104 (8 June 2015)
Current rankingNo. 126 (22 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2014, 2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (2013)
Last updated on: 21 July 2019.

Lajović has won one doubles title[3] on the ATP Tour in his career. On 29 April 2019, Lajović reached his best singles ranking of world No. 23.[4] On 8 June 2015, he peaked at No. 104[5] in the doubles rankings. He is best known for his clay court craft and strong flowing groundstrokes, especially his one-handed backhand. In recent years, he has proven to be a reliable and consistent player for the Serbian Davis Cup team contributing to their achieving one final, one semifinal, and three quarterfinals. His best individual result has been a Masters 1000 final.

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Tennis careerEdit

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. 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. 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: French Open round of 16Edit

His first appearance in main draw of 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. 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.[6] He reached 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.[7] This was followed by semifinal appearances at the Generali Open & Los Cabos Open.

2017: Masters round of 16 & 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.[8]

Style of playingEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

Lajović was born 30 June 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia to parents Marina and Dragiša Lajović.[citation needed] He started playing tennis when he was eight years old in T.K. Stara Pazova and later continued in T.K. Partizan Belgrade.[citation needed] He lives in Stara Pazova, Serbia where he owns a cafe-restaurant.[citation needed]

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 April 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Fabio Fognini 3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 July 2019 Croatia Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Attila Balázs 7–5, 7–5

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

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
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, 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)

Team competition finalsEdit

Result Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Loss Nov 2013 Davis Cup, Belgrade, Serbia Hard (i)   Novak Djokovic
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Ilija Bozoljac
  Tomáš Berdych
  Radek Štěpánek
  Lukáš Rosol
  Jan Hájek
2–3

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (12–5)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (6–2)
ITF Futures (6–3)
Result Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Win Aug 2009 Sombor, Serbia Futures Clay   Aleksandar Slović 6–3, 6–4
Loss Jun 2010 Belgrade, Serbia Futures Clay   Oleksandr Nedovyesov 4–6, 2–6
Win Aug 2010 Novi Sad, Serbia Futures Clay   Aldin Šetkić 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
Loss Aug 2010 Este Padova, Italy Futures Clay   Matteo Viola 5–7, 1–6
Loss Oct 2010 Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay   Miljan Zekić 1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win Jan 2011 Antalya, Turkey Futures Hard   Artem Smirnov WEA
Win Mar 2011 Cividino, Italy Futures Hard   Andrea Stoppini 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win Mar 2011 Foggia, Italy Futures Clay   Walter Trusendi 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–2
Win Oct 2011 Umag, Croatia Futures Clay   Andrey Kuznetsov 6–4, 0–6, 7–5
Loss Jul 2012 Orbetello, Italy Challenger Clay   Roberto Bautista Agut 3–6, 1–6
Win Aug 2012 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Challenger Clay   Farrukh Dustov 6–3, 6–2
Win Jun 2013 Caltanissetta, Italy Challenger Clay   Robin Haase 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss Jun 2013 Blois, France Challenger Clay   Julian Reister 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7)
Win Nov 2013 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard   Julian Reister w/o
Win Sep 2015 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Challenger Hard   Victor Hănescu 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Win Jul 2017 Båstad, Sweden Challenger Clay   Leonardo Mayer 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win Apr 2018 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard   Denis Kudla 6–4, 6–0

Doubles: 6 (4–2)Edit

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

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
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 2019 Croatian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
French Open A A Q1 Q3 4R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 6 8–6 57%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 6 2–6 25%
US Open A A A Q1 1R Q1 1R 1R 3R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–4 1–3 2–4 2–4 3–4 2–2 0 / 21 15–21 42%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Miami Open A A A A 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A Q1 A A Q1 1R F 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Madrid Open A A A A A A Q2 A QF 1R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Italian Open A A A A Q2 1R Q1 A Q2 Q2 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A Q2 1R Q1 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Paris Masters A A A A Q1 2R 1R Q1 Q1 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 1–3 3–3 5–5 8–4 0 / 21 19–21 48%
National representation
Davis Cup A A QF F 1R QF QF SF 1R RR 0 / 7 10–8 56%
World Team Cup RR RR A Not Held 0 / 2 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0 / 9 11–9 55%
Career statistics
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 1 5 1 4 17 21 22 21 23 16 131
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 3–5 2–1 0–6 16–19 17–21 19–23 18–22 24–24 17–16 0 / 131 112–137 45%
Win (%) 0% 38% 67% 0% 46% 45% 45% 45% 50% 52% 45.49%
Year-end ranking 434 190 163 116 69 76 93 75 48 $4,491,105

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
French Open A 2R 1R A 1R QF 0 / 4 4–4 50%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A 2R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
US Open 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Win–Loss 1–1 1–4 2–4 1–2 2–4 3–1 0 / 16 10–16 39%

Top 10 winsEdit

Lajovic has a 4–14 (.222) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Season 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DL Rank
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dusan Lajovic". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ ATP Rankings
  3. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/istanbul-2015-doubles-final-albot-lajovic
  4. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/rankings/singles?rankDate=2019-01-28&countryCode=SRB
  5. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/rankings/doubles?rankDate=2015-06-08&rankRange=1-5000&countryCode=SRB
  6. ^ http://sport.blic.rs/tenis/veliki-trijumf-dusan-lajovic-srusio-iznera/4cdts2h
  7. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/cuevas-beats-monteiro-in-sao-paulo-qfs-2016
  8. ^ "Lajovic Lifts Maiden Trophy In Umag". ATP Tour. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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