Dusan Lajovic admits 'psychological pressure' played part in shock Borna Gojo loss

Lajovic put Serbia in a tough position after losing to Croatia's Gojo in the opening rubber of the tie.

by Dzevad Mesic
Dusan Lajovic admits 'psychological pressure' played part in shock Borna Gojo loss

Former world No. 23 Dusan Lajovic admitted nothing worked in his game against Borna Gojo as he was clearly disappointed after failing to deliver for Sebia at the Davis Cup Finals. Lajovic, the 2019 Monte Carlo Masters runner-up, entered the match as the big favorite to beat Gojo but he ended up losing to the world No.

279. Gojo, who has never been ranked inside the top-200, stunned Lajovic 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the opening rubber of the Croatia and Serbia semifinal tie. "Nothing worked. I managed to come back from 4: 1 in the first set and win it, and then I again started bad the second set, I came back, but I didn't find a complete solution.

From the middle of the second set, I could not establish control at all. I didn't find a solution for his game. This defeat hurts, " Lajovic told Sport Klub.

Lajovic didn't play in seven days

Lajovic edged out Austrian Gerald Melzer in Serbia's opener at the Davis Cup Finals but he sat out the group stage tie against Germany and the quarterfinal tie against Kazakhstan, "It is certain that there is that, and this was my only second match.

I played seven days ago in Innsbruck. There was psychological pressure, but on the other hand, we now have to move on. I have to focus all my energy on my friends and believe that we will turn the duel around," Lajovic explained.

The Serbs were hoping Lajovic would beat Gojo so Novak Djokovic would have a chance to seal victory for Serbia against Marin Cilic. Djokovic did beat Cilic to force a decisive rubber but then Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic lost to Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic as Croatia made the final.

"You simply do not play only for yourself, but for everyone on your team, you represent your country. The responsibility is greater. The good thing is that happiness is much greater. But the disappointments are much bigger," Lajovic noted.

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