A few hours after Alexander Zverev, another favorite Daniil Medvedev suffered an early exit in Rotterdam, losing to Dosan Lajovic 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 34 minutes. Dusan defeated Daniil for the second time in three matches, taming his strokes nicely and fending off three out of four break chances to keep the pressure on the other side of the net.
Medvedev fired 31 winners and 25 unforced errors, although it wasn't enough at least for a set, suffering two breaks of serve and missing a chance of passing Rafael Nadal on the ATP ranking list. Between the Paris Masters last November and the recently finished Australian Open, Daniil scored 20 consecutive victories and 12 against the top-10 rivals, ending his streak in the final against Novak Djokovic and suffering the second straight loss in Rotterdam against a tricky opponent from the top-30.
The Russian saved a break point in game two with a service winner and landed another from his forehand to avoid an early setback and level the score at 1-1. Facing an even more challenging task two games later, Daniil fended off three break chances with brave hitting and held with a forehand winner for 2-2.
Daniil Medvedev lost to Dusan Lajovic in the opening round in Rotterdam.
Wasting his return chances, Lajovic suffered a break in the fifth game when his backhand landed into the net, pulling it back following Medvedev's similar mistake a few minutes later.
Both players served well in the rest of the set to reach a tie break that Dusan won 7-4 after Daniil's double fault. Struggling to find the pace behind the initial shot, Medvedev faced two break points at the beginning of the second set, saving them both and closing the game with a couple of powerful serves.
The Serb experienced troubles behind the initial shot in game four but stayed calm, repelling two break points with winners and bringing the game home with a service winner for 2-2. The rivals produced comfortable holds in games seven and eight before Daniil lost ground again, arguing with the chair umpire and hitting a double fault to lose serve and fall 5-4 behind, with a point penalty ahead of the next game. Dusan held at love to seal the deal and celebrate his most notable victory in terms of the rival's ranking.