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Danill Medvedev Australian open smashed racket 2021

‘He cracked a little bit’ – Dusan Lajovic inflicts shock defeat on top seed Daniil Medvedev

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Daniil Medvedev has suffered an upset by losing to Dusan Lajovic 7-6 6-4 on a day of shock results in Rotterdam. 

The top seed had a chance to overtake Nadal and become World No. 2 this week if he made the final at ABN AMRO tournament, but has fallen at the first hurdle.

‘I tried not to be influenced by his good shots and his good serves,’ Lajovic said in his on-court interview. Medvedev hit 12 aces but also 8 double faults in just two sets, including double-faulting for the final time at 4-5 15-40 in the second set to give Lajovic the chance to serve out the match.

Medvedev destroyed his racket following that final service game. ‘I think at the end of the second set he cracked a little bit because he was influenced by things not happening how he wanted them to on court,’ Lajovic added. ‘Everybody is struggling when they’re in these kinds of conditions [without fans], but we are all fighting and playing through.’

On a day that saw a number of top seeds tumble, Medvedev’s loss came shortly after Alexander Zverev’s shock defeat to Alexander Bublik. 

Dusan Lajovic will face Borna Coric in the second round.


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