In a shock result, Daniil Medvedev was sent packing in the second round of the 2020 Rotterdam Open on Wednesday. Milos Raonic also lost his second round match at the New York Open.
Canada’s Vasek Pospisil defeated a clearly lacklustre Medvedev 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinal in the Dutch city in 68 minutes. This was after Medvedev had come into the tournament as the top seed, favourite and got a bye into the second round of the competition.
The 29-year-old Canadian has been in fine fettle in recent times, having reached the final of the Montpellier Open last week before losing to Gael Monfils. However, not too many would have expected him to steamroll the US Open runner-up Medvedev the way he did.
Pospisil faced six break-points in the entire match and saved five of them while breaking Medvedev’s serve on three separate occasions.
Medvedev, who had recently admitted while he wanted to win Grand Slams, he struggles to want to get down to practice, had his chances in the first set when he was 40-0 up on Pospisil’s serve in the ninth game. However, the Canadian blasted three aces to pouch the game and then broke his opponent to win the set.
After that it was mostly one-way traffic for Pospisil who had upset David Goffin in the Montpellier semifinal last week as well.
He will now take on Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinal.
In some of the other second round matches at the Rotterdam, Gael Monfils kick-started his campaign with a convincing straight-set win Joao Sousa, and he will now take on Gilles Simon. Simon needed three sets to get past Mikhail Kukushkin in his opener.
Meanwhile, there was another upset at the New York Open as Milos Raonic crashed out in three, hard-fought sets to South Korea’s Soon-woo Kwon. Raonic, who had made it to the Australian Open quarterfinal after upsetting the sixth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, was expected to build on that.
However, the Korean won 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in another humdinger to reach the quarterfinal.
John Isner will be in action on Thursday as he opens his campaign at the New York Open with his second round match as well.