WATCH: Turning his back on play, brilliant winners, racket smashing from Daniil Medvedev as he loses
Daniil Medvedev produced a peculiar performance during his opening-round defeat at the hands of Dusan Lajovic at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Fresh from finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Medvedev had a chance of climbing to No 2 in the ATP Rankings with a run to the final in Rotterdam.
However, he suffered a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 loss against Lajovic in one hour and 35 minutes.
It was a curious display from the world No 3 as if you watch the highlights he produced several brilliant winners – one of those an extraordinary play where he turned his back on the action and still ended up winning the point.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 3, 2021
But there were also eight double faults, plenty of talking to himself and a good bit of racket bashing from the Russian.
Lajovic will next face Borna Coric, but he was not distracted by Medvedev’s antics.
“I think I was very focused the whole match and not influenced by his good serves and shots,” the Serbian said. “I knew if I stayed in the match, I’d get my opportunities and change the rhythm.”
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