The tennis player was not able to overcome the barrier of the second round of ATP tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, by losing two games to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov - 6: 7, 1: 6. The first match was rather hard. When things came to a tie-break, the Bulgarian won with a score of 9: 7.
After that Denis somewhat wilted, resulting in the failure to vie for victory.
But to yield to a player who occupies the 12th position in the world ranking is barely shameful.
Prior to that, Istomin lost to Dimitrov at the Australian Open in four sets, and then he reached the semifinals of the prestigious competition.
Other positive news is related to the updated ratings released by the ATP. Our compatriot gained six positions there. Now, with 723 points, he is ranked 70th.