Lajovic Beats Raonic In Rome
Serbian came into event with 0-3 record since the resumption
Dusan Lajovic continued to grow in confidence on Thursday by reaching the Internazionali BNL d’Italia third round. The Serbian capitalised on the service woes of Milos Raonic, who hit 10 double faults, for a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 victory in two hours and 32 minutes.
World No. 25 Lajovic, who now plays nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal on Friday, came into the ATP Masters 1000 tournament with an 0-3 record since the ATP Tour resumption.
Lajovic was the beneficiary of a concentration lapse in the first-set tie-break and, after exchanging service breaks once more early in the second set, it was Raonic who steered a backhand crosscourt winner into space for a break at 3-3. Lajovic regrouped in the decider, breaking down Raonic’s game for a 3-1 lead and he completed victory when Raonic missed a forehand.
Raonic, who won 17 of his 23 points at the net, committed 25 errors off his forehand wing. Last month, the 29-year-old Canadian reached his fourth Masters 1000 final (l. to Djokovic).
Casper Ruud earned his 15th victory of the year (15-7) with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Lorenzo Sonego on Grand Stand Arena. The Buenos Aires champion, who beat No. 11 seed Karen Khachanov in the first round on Monday, broke serve on four occasions to book a third-round clash against Marin Cilic after one hour and 47 minutes.