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By Chris Oddo | Thursday May 10, 2018

 
Dusan Lajovic

Serbia's Dusan Lajovic rallied from way down in a third-set breaker to upset Juan Martin del Potro for his first career Top 10 win.

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Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic rallied from 4-0 down in the third-set tiebreaker to stun Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) in round of 16 action at the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday.

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Lajovic earns his first Top 10 win in 11 tries—he had won just two of 26 sets against the Top 10 ahead of Thursday’s contest with the world No.6.

The 27-year-old qualifier has won 10 of 11 sets at Madrid this week and he reaches the quarterfinals at a Masters 1000 event for the first time in 26 tries.

For the second time this season Del Potro has lost to a player ranked outside of the Top 100. He lost to World No.91 Frances Tiafoe at Delray Beach and went on to win 15 consecutive matches afterwards.

Lajovic squandered a break in the third set and fell behind 4-0 in the deciding-set tiebreaker, but Del Potro’s game went off the rails from there and Lajovic took advantage to claim his second match point.


Lajovic will face No.6-seeded Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals. The South African defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber on Thursday, 6-3, 7-6(7). Anderson has lost all 10 of his previous Masters 1000 quarterfinals.

In other early action on Thursday in Madrid, Denis Shapovalov reaches his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal on clay by defeating Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4, while Kyle Edmund did the same, defeating No.8-seeded David Goffin, 6-3, 6-3.

 

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