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Daniil Medvedev 'cracked up,' says Dusan Lajovic as Russian blows chance to topple Rafael Nadal in rankings

Daniil Medvedev racquet smash

Dusan Lajovic said Daniil Medvedev 'cracked' as he blew his chance to overhaul Rafael Nadal in the world rankings.

Medvedev had the opportunity to take Nadal's spot as world number two if he reached the final in Rotterdam, where he was the top seed.

However, the Russian fell at the first hurdle, losing 7-6, 6-4 to Lajovic, with his 12 aces undermined by 8 double faults.

“I think I was very focused the whole match and not influenced by his good serves and shots,” Lajovic said after the match.

“I knew if I stayed in the match, I’d get my opportunities and change the rhythm.”

"I tried not to be influenced by his good shots and his good serves."

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Towards the end of the match, the frustration boiled over for Medvedev resulting in the destruction of his racquet.

"I think at the end of the second set he cracked a little bit because he was influenced by things not happening how he wanted them to on court," Lajovic continued.

"Everybody is struggling when they’re in these kinds of conditions [without fans], but we are all fighting and playing through."

The result means Medvedev has now lost two matches straight after going into the Australian Open final on the back of a 20-match winning run.

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