But cheers to Balazs, he came from the qualifications all the way to the finals, saved seven match points in the first round, and good ones too… Djere was the favourite, but the Hungarian played better. All in all, it’s still a great story. The lad came “out of nowhere”, quit tennis and then came back, he played in my club, HTK Zagreb…There are a lot of interesting details surfacing after he scored the result of his career. He’s never come this far at an ATP tournament, now he’ll have the experience. We could have had two qualifiers in the finals, and it might have happened had Caruso not been injured. However, Lajovic is playing better and better, and now he has the chance to win a title.
The fact he’s the better player of the two gives him the advantage in the final on Sunday. He’s better in every aspect of tennis, but on the other hand, Balazs will be full of confidence, and that will give him great strength. He’ll also have support from the Hungarian cavalry in the stands, so he sees his opportunity as well. He surely won’t forfeit, he’ll try to give his all, show everything he knows to make it to the end, because all he needs is one more step. We shouldn’t write him off, not at all, and you can feel the confidence he has in his hits.
Lajovic has a big final behind him from the Masters 1000 series in Monte Carlo. It’s a great result and speaks to his quality. Of course, the final is a match in itself, and although he’s younger than his opponent, Lajovic is more experienced and has far more big matches under his belt.
Now, we come to the most important point: I expect this will be a great final match. They’re both playing a diverse game, especially Balazs, who isn’t afraid to come to the net and play a short game. That’s why it could be great for the audience, more interesting than if Lajovic and Djere had been the finalists. There will be plenty of material here to enjoy a world-class tennis match, although someone unfamiliar with tennis might think a 207th-ranked player has nothing to show against a player like Lajovic.