The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam lost two top players on Wednesday. The Russian Daniil Medvedev and the German Alexander Zverev, the numbers 1 and 3 on the placement list, both lost in the first round.
Medvedev, who lost the final of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic last month, had to acknowledge his superiority in Ahoy in the Serbian Dusan Lajovic: 7-6 (4) 6-4. Zverev went down in the first round against the Kazak Aleksandr Boeblik. It became 7-5 6-3.
Medvedev had risen to third place in the world rankings due to his good performance in Melbourne. In Rotterdam he could have replaced the absent Rafael Nadal as number 2, but that does not happen due to his early elimination.
Zverev had lost to Djokovic at the Australian Open, just like Medvedev. The German did that in the quarterfinals and came into action for the first time in Ahoy, just like Medvedev. Boeblik, 43rd in the world ranking, had lost the final of the Singapore ATP tournament on Sunday. He fell behind in both sets against Zverev, but still pulled the match towards him.