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Dusan Lajovic

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Nickname: Duci (Dutzee)
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Bio He started playing tennis when he was 8 years old in T.K. Stara Pazova and later continued in T.K. Partizan Belgrade. He lives in Stara Pazova.
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 quarter finals 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.
His first appearance in main draw of grand slam was at 2014 Australian Open and he reached 2nd round where he lost to Kei Nishikori. He bettered this at the 2014 French Open by reaching the fourth round where he was beaten in straight sets by world number one & eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
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.
In 2015, 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.
At the 2016 Argentina Open, Lajović reached quarterfinals defeating world No. 12 John Isner en route. He reached semifinals of the 2016 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. This was followed by semifinal appearances at the Generali Open & Los Cabos Open.
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.
At the Australian Open Lajović lost in five sets to US open quarter-finalist 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 quarterfinal. This clay court season was topped off with a semifinal appearance at the Lyon Open & 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 3 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 October 15, Lajović reached the top 50 ranking for the first time in his career.
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 number 6 Kei Nishikori. His next event was the Monte-Carlo Masters where 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 and world number 5 Dominic Thiem, and world number 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.
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