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Dusan Lajovic is a 32 year old Serbian player currently ranked No. 76, with a career high of No. 23 achieved in April 2019 after he reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters where he lost to Fabio Fognini in straight sets.  A regular player for his country in team competitions, he has won seven Challenger titles and one ATP singles title acquired at the Croatia Open in 2019.

A series of defeats in the latter part of 2022, including on the Challenger circuit, saw his ranking drop out of the top 100 in November for the first time in ten years, but a title win at the Maspalomas Challenger in December was enough to ensure direct entry to the Australian Open where he lost to Denis Shapovalov in four.  He thereafter reached the quarter-finals in the Argentina, Rio and Chile Opens,...
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The tournament runs from 22 March - 2 April.

Andy has won the title twice, in 2009 defeating Djokovic in straight sets, and in 2013 by finally overcoming David Ferrer in three after losing the first set 2-6 and winning the third 7-1 in the tiebreak, having faced match point at 5-6 in the decider.  He did get to the final in 2012 and 2015 but lost to Djokovic on both occasions.

Last year, ranked No. 85, he saw off Frederico Delbonis 7-6(4), 6-1 in round 1 before losing to Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 2-6, after which he said "My level of tennis is obviously not right now where it needs to be to win matches like that.  Today there were some good signs on the court but the two key things in tennis are serve and return.  I didn't do either of them particularly well."

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21 year old Draper, who plays left-handed and who reached the finals of the boys singles at Wimbledon in 2018, is currently ranked World No. 56 with a career high of No. 38 achieved in January this year after he reached the semi-finals of the Adelaide International 2, but the drop is due to the fact that he didn't play again after losing his 1st round AO match to Nadal in four sets until this tournament due to injury, something which has blighted his career.  That though didn't stop him from winning 4 Challenger titles last year, all of them on hard courts, and for his ranking to shoot up from 265 to 45.  In his 2nd round match here he comfortably defeated the world No. 29 Dan Evans in straight sets, having similarly beaten Leandro Riedi in round 1 in a match which lasted for 56 mins.  He ...
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Carreno Busta has with drawn so Andy plays lucky loser, 33 year old world No. 109 Radu Albot instead.

The No. 15 seed, 31 year old Pablo Carreño Busta, who has a career high ranking of No. 10 achieved in September 2017, has won seven singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2022 Canadian Open, and four doubles titles on the ATP Tour.  He also won a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, defeating Djokovic and Medvedev en route, and was a member of the Spanish team that won the 2019 Davis Cup.

He hasn't enjoyed the best of seasons so far, starting the year with a three-set defeat to Soon-woo Kwon in the first round of the Adelaide International 2.  He made a winning start at the Australian Open by ousting Pedro Cachin, but lost to Benjamin B...
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61st-ranked 23 year old Argentinian Etcheverry is coming off his first final on the ATP Tour at the Chile Open, where he lost to home favourite Nicolas Jarry 7-6(7-5), 6-7(5-7). 2-6.  During that tournament he defeated first former world No. 9 Fabio Fognini and then world No. 32 Francisco Cerundolo for the biggest win of his career.  Earlier in the season he competed at the Australian Open, exiting in round 1 to Grégoire Barrère, the Argentina Open where he made the quarter-finals before losing to the No. 2 seed Cameron Norrie, and the Rio Open where he was defeated in round 1 by Albert Ramos Vinolas.  Coached by Carlos Berlocq, Etcheverry has won 3 Challenger titles, all of them on clay.

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The pic is of Andy practising  on Saturday.

Both the ATP and WTA main draws are scheduled for 15:00 local time (23:00 GMT) today.

Amazon Prime will broadcast the ATP and WTA main draw events in the UK with coverage set to start at 19:00 daily.

Andy, who reached the 3rd round here in October 2021 before losing to Alexander Zverev, last year defeated Taro Daniel 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in round 1, notching up 700 career wins in the process, then lost 6-7(9-11), 3-6 to Alexander Bublik in the next.

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