Van Rijthoven stronger than Medvedev!

Incredible surprise at ‘S-Hertogenbosch, where the Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven won the tournament by beating the world No. 1 on Monday, Daniil Medvedev, in 1 hour of play.

The odds were surely very high, but the improbable still happened this Sunday in the final of the ‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament. The 205th player in the world Tim Van Rijthoven, invited by the organizers, beat in the final the n°2, Daniil Medvedev, to win the very first title of his career, in just one hour of play! After dominating Matthew Ebden, Taylor Fritz, Hugo Gaston and Felix Auger-Aliassime throughout the week, the 25-year-old Dutchman added the icing on the cake by beating the Russian 6-4, 6- 1. Before this week, the native of Roosendaal had played only seven ATP tournaments during his career (including four in Rotterdam, and none on grass) and had never won a single match in the main draw. But on the grass of ‘S-Hertogenbosch, he lived a dream tournament, like his final. Author of 4 aces and 74% of first serves throughout the meeting, the 1.95m player broke the first (2-0) but immediately lost his serve (2-2), and after missing three balls from 4-2, he ended up taking the Russian’s serve again at 4-4 to pocket the set.

A great consolation for Medvedev

Exactly as in the women’s final of this ‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament, won by Ekaterina Alexandrova at the expense of Aryna Sabalenka, losing the first set completely broke the highest ranked player. Medvedev was broken at 1-2 and 3-0 in the second set, saved a first match point at 5-1, and finally lost 6-1, the Dutchman ending on a shutout, to sign one of the sensations of this season. The protege of Paul Haarhuis, former winner of six Grand Slam doubles tournaments, will be 106th in the world, before going to play the Challenger of Ilkley next week, then the qualifications of Wimbledon, where he will be a scarecrow, at for sure. As for Medvedev, still looking for a victory since the US Open 2021, he will console himself by becoming world No. 1 again, since the points for Roland-Garros 2021 will only be withdrawn this Monday, and Novak Djokovic will therefore lose 2000, to become third, behind the Russian and Alexander Zverev.


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