Daniil Medvedev and german Alexander Zverev stumbled on the Rotterdam ATP 500 first round and the defeat of the Russian means that the Spanish Rafael Nadal will retain second place on the world list for another week.
His executioners were the Serbian Dusan Lajovic and the kazajo Alexander Bublik, who achieved the best victories of their career, respectively.
Medvedev, three in the world, semifinalist of this tournament in 2019 and who arrived in Rotterdam after fighting for the title at the Australian Open, he needed to reach the final of this contest to unseat the Spanish from number two and thus become the fifth player who occupied the second world place (Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic) since July 25, 2005.
But the serbian Dusan Lajovic, a disciple of Spanish coach José Perlas, defeated him 7-6 (4) and 6-4, in one hour and 36 minutes, and frustrated his goal.
Before, the victorious dynamic of the Kazakh Alexander Bublik, 43 in the world, was revealed in his duel against Zverev, by beating the German 7-5 and 6-3.
Zverev was ahead in both sets but the reaction of Bublik, a recent finalist in the Singapore tournament, evidenced the lack of claw of the German to finish in both, and the Kazakh sealed his victory in the first match against the number seven in the world and third favorite, in one hour and 20 minutes.
If the Belgian advances to the second round David goffin, recent winner in Montpellier, who defeated German Jan Lennard Struff 6-4 6-0.