Serbian tennis player Dusan Lajovic thought that managing to stay focused during the whole match was the key in his shock win over No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev in Rotterdam. Lajovic, ranked at No. 27 in the word, stunned world No.
3 Medvedev in the Rotterdam first round as he handed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 loss to the Russian. Medvedev, who climbed up to a career-high of No. 3 following his runner-up finish at the Australian Open, had a chance to rise to No. 2 in the world with a deep Rotterdam run.
Lajovic found himself down by a break early on in the first set but he recovered to force a tie-break, in which he converted his third set point to win a tight opener. Lajovic then claimed the lone break of the second set in the ninth game, before serving out for the match in the following game "I think I was very focused the whole match and not influenced by his good serves and shots,” Lajovic said, per the ATP website.
“I knew if I stayed in the match, I’d get my opportunities and change the rhythm”.
Lajovic plays next against Borna Coric
Lajovic, 30, is making his debut in Rotterdam and he is hoping to make a deep run at the Dutch event.
Meanwhile, Belgian tennis star David Goffin also progressed into the round-of-16 after a comfortable 6-4 6-0 win over Jan-Lennard Struff. Goffin got broken back in the eighth game but he broke Struff in the ninth game, before successfully serving out for the opener a game later.
After breaking Goffin in the eighth game of the first set, Struff's game fell apart as he lost the following eight games. "It was a good match with an early break,” said Goffin. “I returned really well and I was aggressive after returning serve.
I started with a lot of confidence in the second set as I am playing and moving well”. Sixth-seeded Goffin plays next against Jeremy Chardy, who beat Ugo Humbert in the first round.