The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam lost two top players on Wednesday. The Russian Daniil Medvedev and the German Alexander Zverev, numbers 1 and 3 of the placement list, both lost in the first round.
Medvedev, who lost the final of Novak Djokovics Australian Open last month, had to acknowledge his superior in the Serbian Dusan Lajovic: 7-6 (4) 6-4, and Zverev went down against the Kazak Aleksandr Boeblik in the first round. It reached 7-5 6-3.
Medvedev had risen to the third position on the world ranking due to his good performance in Melbourne. In Rotterdam he could have redeemed the absentee Rafael Nadal as number 2, but this is due to his early shutdown – which was accompanied by some frustration (see video below) – not.
The 30-year-old Lajovic, the number 27 in the world, was proud of his stunt in Ahoy. “I continued to play my own game”, sparked the Serb, who makes his debut in Rotterdam. “You know that Medvedev has won a lot lately and that certainly plays in the back of your mind. I kept fighting. That finally paid itself out.”
Zverev had lost to Djokovic at the Australian Open, just like Medvedev. The German did so in the quarterfinals and came back into action in Ahoy, like Medvedev, for the first time. Boeblik, 43rd in the world ranking, had lost the final of the Singapore ATP tournament on Sunday. He got behind Zverev in both sets, but still pulled the game towards him.
Kei Nishikori was first in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. In the second round, the 31-year-old Japanese was too strong for Australian Alex de Minaur. The worlds number 45 triumphed after more than 2 hours in three sets: 6-3 2-6 7-5, while the nine year younger Minaur ranks 23rd in the global leaderboard.
Nishikori plays in the quarter-finals against the winner of the duel between Serb Dusan Lajovic and Croatian Borna Coric. Lajovic stunted earlier on Wednesday with a victory over the first placed Rus Daniil Medvedev. Coric took out late Tuesday night debutant Botic van de Zandschulp.
Rublev knocks Murray
The Russian Andrei Rublev managed to reach the last eight on Wednesday evening without too much trouble. The number 4 of the place list defeated old-timer Andy Murray in two sets: 7-5 6-2, and the game in Ahoy lasted 1 hour and 34 minutes.
The first set in Ahoy went right for a long time. Murray (33) left the first breakpoint in the sixth game. In the eleventh game, the Scotsman returned his service after which he was unable to use two breakpoints in the next game. Rublev (23) benefited and redeemed his first set point.
In the second set, Rublev broke Murrays resistance in the fifth game. The current number 123 of the world handed in his service after which he gave himself more or less won.
Chachhanov quickly finished with Norrie
Karen Chachanov settled Brit Cameron Norrie within five minutes. The Russian triumphed with two times 6-2. Chachhanov is the number 21 in the world, Norrie is in 65th place and placed himself through the qualifying tournament for the main schedule.