Dušan Lajović

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Dušan Lajović
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Lajovic at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Serbia
ResidenceStara Pazova, Serbia
Born (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 30)[1]
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed
(one-handed backhand)
CoachJosé Perlas
Prize moneyUS$ 5,888,566
Singles
Career record134–166 (44.7% 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 (26 October 2020)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2020)
French Open4R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014, 2017)
US Open3R (2018)
Doubles
Career record39–63 (38.2% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 82 (21 September 2020)
Current rankingNo. 94 (30 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2014, 2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (2013)
Last updated on: 30 November 2020.

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

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. He won his first tournament at the 2019 Croatia Open.

Tennis career[edit]

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 16[edit]

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 quarterfinal[edit]

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 quarterfinal[edit]

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 semifinal[edit]

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 quarterfinal[edit]

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 title[edit]

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]

2020: ATP Cup title[edit]

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.

Style of playing[edit]

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 life[edit]

Lajović was born 30 June 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia to parents Marina and Dragiša Lajović.[9] He started playing tennis when he was seven years old in T.K. Stara Pazova and later continued in T.K. Partizan Belgrade.[10] He lives in Stara Pazova, Serbia where he owns a cafe-restaurant.[11]

Performance timelines[edit]

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; (P) postponed; (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.

Singles[edit]

Current through the end of 2020 ATP Tour.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 7 5–7 42%
French Open A A Q1 Q3 4R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 7 9–7 56%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R NH 0 / 6 2–6 25%
US Open A A A Q1 1R Q1 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–4 1–3 2–4 2–4 3–4 3–3 3–3 0 / 26 19–26 42%
National representation
Davis Cup A A QF F 1R QF QF SF 1R QF NH 0 / 8 10–8 56%
World Team Cup RR RR A Not Held 0 / 2 1–1 50%
ATP Cup Not Held W 1 / 1 4–2 67%
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 / 11 15–10 60%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R NH 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Miami Open A A A A 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R NH 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A Q1 A A Q1 1R F NH 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Madrid Open A A A A A A Q2 A QF 1R NH 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Italian Open A A A A Q2 1R Q1 A Q2 Q2 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A Q1 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A Q2 1R Q1 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Paris Masters A A A A Q1 2R 1R Q1 Q1 1R 1R 0 / 4 1–4 25%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 1–3 3–3 5–5 8–8 2–3 0 / 28 21–28 43%
Career statistics
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career
Tournaments 1 5 1 4 17 21 22 21 23 27 14 Career total: 156
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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 0 / 73 54–80 40%
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 1 / 71 76–74 51%
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 0 / 12 4–12 25%
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 1 / 156 134–166 45%
Win (%) 0% 38% 67% 0% 46% 45% 45% 45% 50% 44% 47%  –  44.67%
Year-end ranking 434 190 163 116 69 76 93 75 48 34 26 $5,888,566

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R 0 / 5 1–5 20%
French Open A 2R 1R A 1R QF 1R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A 2R 1R NH 0 / 4 2–4 25%
US Open 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Win–Loss 1–1 1–4 2–4 1–2 2–4 3–2 0–2 0 / 19 10–19 34%

Significant finals[edit]

ATP Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

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

ATP career finals[edit]

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 Italy Fabio Fognini 3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2019 Croatia Open Umag, Croatia 250 Series Clay Hungary 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 Croatia Franko Škugor Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 1–1 May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay Moldova Radu Albot Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Austria Jürgen Melzer
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Win 2–1 Sep 2019 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard Serbia Nikola Čačić Israel Jonathan Erlich
France Fabrice Martin
7–6(11–9), 3–6, [10–3]

Team competition[edit]

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) Serbia Novak Djokovic
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Serbia Ilija Bozoljac
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
Czech Republic Jan Hájek
2–3
Win 1–1 Jan 2020 ATP Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic
Serbia Nikola Milojević
Serbia Viktor Troicki
Serbia Nikola Ćaćić
Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain Roberto Bautista Agut
Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Spain Albert Ramos Viñolas
Spain Feliciano López
2–1

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 17 (12 titles, 5 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger (6–2)
ITF Futures (6–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2009 ITF Sombor, Serbia Futures Clay Serbia Aleksandar Slović 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Jun 2010 ITF Belgrade, Serbia Futures Clay Ukraine Oleksandr Nedovyesov 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2010 ITF Novi Sad, Serbia Futures Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Aldin Šetkić 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 2–2 Aug 2010 ITF Este Padova, Italy Futures Clay Italy Matteo Viola 5–7, 1–6
Loss 2–3 Oct 2010 ITF Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay Serbia Miljan Zekić 1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 3–3 Jan 2011 ITF Antalya, Turkey Futures Hard Ukraine Artem Smirnov WEA
Win 4–3 Mar 2011 ITF Cividino, Italy Futures Hard Italy Andrea Stoppini 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 5–3 Mar 2011 ITF Foggia, Italy Futures Clay Italy Walter Trusendi 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–2
Win 6–3 Oct 2011 ITF Umag, Croatia Futures Clay Russia Andrey Kuznetsov 6–4, 0–6, 7–5
Loss 6–4 Jul 2012 Orbetello Challenger, Italy Challenger Clay Spain Roberto Bautista Agut 3–6, 1–6
Win 7–4 Aug 2012 Samarkand Challenger, Uzbekistan Challenger Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 6–3, 6–2
Win 8–4 Jun 2013 Caltanissetta Challenger, Italy Challenger Clay Netherlands Robin Haase 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 8–5 Jun 2013 Blois International, France Challenger Clay Germany Julian Reister 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7)
Win 9–5 Nov 2013 Seoul Cup, South Korea Challenger Hard Germany Julian Reister w/o
Win 10–5 Sep 2015 Banja Luka Challenger, BiH Challenger Hard Romania Victor Hănescu 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Win 11–5 Jul 2017 Båstad Challenger, Sweden Challenger Clay Argentina Leonardo Mayer 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 12–5 Apr 2018 Guadeloupe Open, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard United States Denis Kudla 6–4, 6–0

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 Serbia Nikola Čačić Serbia David Savić
Serbia Miljan Zekić
7–6(8–6), 3–6, [10–8]
Loss 1–1 Oct 2009 ITF Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay Serbia Nikola Ćirić Spain Oscar Burrieza-Lopez
Spain Javier Marti
4–6, 6–1, [9–11]
Win 2–1 May 2010 ITF Sarajevo, BiH Futures Clay Serbia Miljan Zekić Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Bašić
Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatan Kadrić
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–1 Aug 2010 ITF Novi Sad, Serbia Futures Clay Serbia Ilija Vučić Mexico Javier Herrera-Eguiluz
Australia Brendan Moore
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Win 4–1 Oct 2010 ITF Cairo, Egypt Futures Clay Serbia Miljan Zekić Russia Alexander Lobkov
Russia Alexander Rumyantsev
7–6(7–5), 7–6(10–8)
Loss 4–2 Sep 2015 Sibiu Open, Romania Challenger Clay Serbia Ilija Bozoljac Romania Victor Crivoi
Romania Petru-Alexandru Luncanu
4–6, 3–6

Record against top 10 players[edit]

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 26 September 2020

Top 10 wins[edit]

  • He has a 4–18 (18.2%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2018 2019 2020 Total
Wins 2 2 0 4
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DLR
2018
1. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 6 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 3R 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6) 95
2. Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 8 China Open, China Hard 2R 6–4, 2–6, 6–4 55
2019
3. Japan Kei Nishikori 6 Miami Open, United States Hard 2R 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 44
4. Austria Dominic Thiem 5 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Clay 3R 6–3, 6–3 48
* As of 26 September 2020

References[edit]

  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.
  9. ^ "Bio".
  10. ^ NOVI TENISKI HEROJ, DUCI LAJOVIĆ - SKROMNI MOMAK IZ KOMŠILUKA: Stara Pazova, Laboratorija kafe i prelepa doktorka!, 20 April 2019, retrieved 20 September 2020
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