Can the late-blooming Aslan Karatsev continue his climb up the ATP Tour world rankings by making a deep run in the 2021 Serbian Open? Is fourth-seeded Dusan Lajovic ripe for an upset in the round of 16? With the 2021 Serbia Open steamrolling into the Round of 16, let’s find out who’s on the court on Thursday and which ATP stars are offering the best tennis betting value in their respective matchups so you can bet against their Tennis odds.
Tennis ATP Serbia Open Predictions – Blossoming No. 3 Karatsev Highlights Trio of Thursday Picks
Federico Delbonis Vs No. 4 Dusan Lajovic
World No. 84 Federico Delbonis took out Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Argentinian lefty was 7-7 on the year coming into this event ad 137-160 in his career. World No. 37 Dusan Lajovic was 6-9 on the year coming in and 140-175 in his career. The 30-year-old Serbian and No. 4 seed, owns a 2-1 career head-to-head record and won the last meeting 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 2016 in Chengdu China.
Dusan Lajovic is the far more complete player n this matchup, combined with the fact that Federico Delbonis definitely didn’t impress in his last match and it’s easy to come to the conclusion that Dusan Lajovic is the pick here. This Round of 16 pairing looks like a three-setter waiting to happen.
Pick: Dusan Lajovic in 3 Sets
Alexi Popyrin Vs Gianluca Mager
79th in the ATP Tour rankings, 21-year-old rising Australian Alexi Popyrin was an impressive 12-5 on the year with one title in Singapore coming into this event. 98th in the ATP rankings, 26-year-old Italian, Gianluca Mager was 4-7 on the year coming into this event. These two have never met, but I’m completely expecting the bigger, faster and stronger Popyrin to continue his ascension up the ATP World rankings. Gianluca Mager is a solid veteran but the fact of the matter is that Alexi Popyrin has far bigger weapons in this matchup.
Pick: Alexi Popyrin in Straight Sets
No. 3 Aslan Karatsev Vs Aljaz Bedene
Now, up to 28th in the ATP World rankings, 27-year-old Russian Aslan Karatsev is playing the best tennis of his career. The veteran was a stellar 14-4 on the year coming into this event with the title in Dubai. 31-year-old Aljaz Bedene was 8-6 on the year coming into Serbia and 129-141 in his career. The Slovenian recorded a stunning 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7) win over Sebastian Korda on Tuesday to reach this match.
While these two players have never met before, Aslan Karatsev has served notice to everyone with his amazing run to the semifinals of the Australian Open, that he is a force to be reckoned with. I’m expecting another good effort out of Aljaz Bedene following his sweet upset of the blossoming Korda, but I like a focused Karatsev to stay locked in throughout to get the win.
This year alone, Karatsev has recorded wins over the likes of world No. 9 Diego Schwartzman, No. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov and blossoming world No. 8 Andrey Rublev. The late bloomer gets it done in straight sets.
Pick: Aslan Karatsev in Straight Sets