Serbian tennis player Dušan Lajović did not manage to get into the quarter-finals of Serbia Open.
He was bested by Federico Delbonis from Argentina, who triumped with a result of 2-1 (6:3, 2:6, 6:4). In the quarter-final, he will be playing against Japanese player Taro Daniel, who triumphed over John Millman from Australia with 2:1.
After the match, Lajović underscored that he had an opponent that didn’t suit him.
“It’s a difficult match for me. I played against him multiple times and he’s leading 6-2 in victories now. He is a difficult opponent whose style doesn’t suit me. I think I did not play badly, I only regret losing, even though it was a good match. I have to keep going.”
Serbian tennis player often mention that they feel pressure when they play at home, and Lajović also made a brief comment about that.
“I felt good at the court, I wasn’t tensed up. Maybe I made unnecessary mistakes at some points, and I am sad that I didn’t get farther,” he stated, confirming that he would participate in the next 250 series ATP which will be played in Belgrade as early as May.
In the world of tennis, at many courts, there are no more line umpires, instead, debatable decisions are left up to the Hawk-Eye system and technology.
“What is absent from tournaments that possess that technology are discussions. Where such a system is not present, one umpire can call the ball to be in court, and another can call an out, and for us players, it’s better when Hawk-Eye exists, because technology makes no errors. In tennis, there is a tradition regarding the presence of line umpires, and I think they can do similar jobs – to watch for fouls for example. Many players supported the introduction of technology to the courts.”
He also spoke about the segments of the game he was working on to improve:
“I can progress the most in situations when I’m overcome by emotions, when I get a block in the court. Several minutes of such a blockade are sufficient to influence the match. It is important for me to work on the emotional-stress context of my game more”.
How does he work on it?
“I work with a psychologist, I started that two years ago. We make an analysis of the matches so that I can recognize moments of stress, but it’s not easy to recognize them in a match. Such situations appear week after weak. Sometimes I can overcome them, and sometimes I can’t. Inside, I believe that I have room to improve my game. When I’m at my own level, I can compete with everyone, and that’s the limit I should not go below, but sometimes I drop and that’s why variable results happen.”
At the end, Lajović said that situations in which the seeds are free in the first round were not necessarily good for them, but that it also helped in situations when they get far in a tournament, so that they can rest.