World champions Medvedev and Zverev immediately fall at ABN AMRO tournament | NOW
Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev were immediately eliminated on Wednesday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The first-placed Russian lost to the Serbian Dusan Lajovic (7-6 (4) and 6-4). Alexander Zverev, number three on the placement list, did not make it against Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan (7-5 and 6-3).
The early elimination of Medvedev and Zverev is a huge setback for tournament director Richard Krajicek, who had to deal with the cancellations of Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and defending champion Gaël Monfils last week.
Stéfanos Tsitsipás is now – based on the ranking – the most appealing name in Ahoy. The second placed Greek is the global number six and will play against Hubert Hurkacz in the second round.
Andrey Rublev is the only other remaining top ten player in Rotterdam. The two Dutch participants, Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschulp, also flew out immediately.
Daniil Medvedev complains to the umpire.
Frustration visible at Medvedev
Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open last month, which he lost to Novak Djokovic, and so much was expected from the 25-year-old Russian at the ABN AMRO tournament.
In a final place he would take over the second position in the world ranking from Nadal, but he can forget that with his defeat against Lajovic.
In the first set it went right, after which the thirty-year-old Lajovic, number 27 in the world rankings, struck in the tiebreaker. Subsequently, the irritation in Medvedev increased. He argued with the umpire in the second set, got warnings and smashed a racket at 5-3. Lajovic then served the game. In the second round, Lajovic meets the Croat Borna Coric.
Alexander Zverev congratulates his opponent Alexander Bublik.
Zverev does not continue with a good start
Zverev started his match strongly against Bublik, which occupies the 43rd place in the world ranking. In both the first and second set, the German took a break lead, but was unable to hold on to that. Bublik meets Tommy Paul from the United States in the second round.
Zverev showed himself at the Australian Open last month, where Djokovic blocked his way to the final.
He came back into action at the ABN AMRO tournament for the first time since his elimination in Melbourne.