Roger Federer vs Dusan Lajovic
2018 Wimbledon, 1st round
Date: Monday, 2 July 2018
Expected Start at 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
Roger Federer will begin his title defense quest on the first day of the competition as he is set to open the play at the centre court of the All England Club on Monday. The first opponent comes in the like of Dusan Lajovic who should really not be a threat given his very limited experience on the grass.
The Serbian has only won six matches on this surface in his entire career and he is currently 27-year-old. His grass court record is 6/16. Dusan was in for a confidence-boosting run last week in Antalya, but he only could not go beyond the second round falling 2-1 to Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
He is generally good at working the ball all around the court, but he shows his best tennis on the dirt. Lajovic proved how dangerous he can be on the clay when he forced World No 3 Alexander Zverev into five sets at this edition of Roland Garros just a month ago.
Roger Federer vs Dusan Lajovic: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head tie between the two likes.
Interestingly, the first one happened right at Wimbledon, exactly one year ago.
Roger Federer hardly broke a sweat back then, beating Lajovic 3-0 (7-6 6-2 6-3) in the second round.
Roger Federer vs Dusan Lajovic: Prediction
The current circumstances suggest a one-way street from the very first point and we’d be very surprised to see Lajovic taking a set here. Federer skipped the entire clay court season to get back to playing as the tour moved on to grass.
The Swiss legend has won eight in a row ever since, clinching the Stuttgart title (win over Milos Raonic in the final) before the surprising defeat to NextGen Borna Coric in the Halle final.
The odds offered for Federer to win in straight sets won’t make anyone rich, set at 1.22, but it’s a pick you can add freely to your accumulators as we can’t see how the Serbian could get away with a set here.
You can back Under 28.5 games in the match at the odds of 1.66, while Federer -8.5 games handicap is another bet worth a punt at 1.60.
Roger Federer vs Dusan Lajovic: Betting Tips
Under 28.5 games in the match @ 1.66
Roger Federer -8.5 games handicap @ 1.60.