Sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev will look to take another step toward reaching the quarterfinal round of the Australian Open when he takes on 23rd-seeded Dusan Lajovic on Saturday. If you’re ready to find out just which ATP World Tour performer is going to win and advance, then let’s get to our expert sportsbook betting predictions right now.
No. 6 Alexander Zverev vs No. 23 Dusan Lajovic
Saturday, at TBD
Fourth round (Round of 16)
TV: USA – ESPN / Tennis Channel, UK – Eurosport 1, India – Sony Six
Zverev Zipping Along
World No. 7 Alexander Zverev is looking great coming into this matchup. The sixth-seeded German went four sets in his pener against Marcos Giron before dispatching Maxime Cressy and No. 32 seed Adrian Mannarino in straight sets in his last two matches.
The German is through to the second week of the Australian Open for only the third time in his career after reaching the semifinals a year ago and the fourth round in 2019. The 23-year-old reached the finals of the 2020 US Open before falling to Dominic Thiem in an epic five-setter after grabbing a 2-0 lead.
Lajovic Looking For The Upset
30-year-old Serbian Dusan Lajovic is into the fourth round after beating Sergiy Stahovsky in five sets in his opener before going four sets against Alexander Bublik and Pedro Martinez in his next two matches. The world No. 27 however, is just 134-168 in his career.
Zverev owns a 2-0 career mark against Lajovic with both wins coming at the French Open in 2018 and 2019. The good news for Lajovic is that Zverev needed five sets on both occasions to secure the win.
Zverev might have needed five sets to dispatch Lajovic in their two previous meetings, but I’m expecting the gifted German to get the job done this time around in four sets at most. Zverev is the bigger, strong and younger player and Dusan has yet to complete a match in three sets, so he could be weary on Saturday.
More importantly, I believe that Zverev has grown up and is more focused than ever after suffering his heart-breaking loss to Thiem at last year’s US Open. Zverev is seventh in aces served with 50 through three matches and has the kind of firepower that Dusan just can’t match. Lajovic is solid in the ground game, but so is Sascha Zverev. The German’s big serve will be the difference in this one as the sixth seed advances!
Pick: Alexander Zverev in Four Sets
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