He barely passed the hour mark to come and offer himself the scalp of the one who will be world No. 1 on Monday. At 25, Tim van Rijthoven signed the week of a lifetime, going from anonymity to the spotlight in just six days. After taking out Fritz, Gaston and Auger-Aliassime in the previous rounds, the Dutchman simply dispatched Daniil Medvedev (6-4, 6-1) in the final, never doubting his strengths. He thus offers himself the first title of his career on the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in front of an audience who did not ask for so much.
1h01 of match against the world n°1 in power
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The crowd were certainly hoping for a success from their local hero, but probably expected a tougher duel against Daniil Medvedev, eager to heal his season on grass after the announcement of his ban from playing Wimbledon, as well as all the Russian and Belarusian players on the circuit. Simply, there was no match on Sunday in the Netherlands. At least not from the eighth game of the game.
Until then, the two players went blow for blow, each pocketing the face-off of the other at the start of the match, chaining the class points, like a delicious counter-amortization delivered by the Russian . But after a fatal break at the end of the first set and a round concluded in 35 minutes (6-4), Van Rijthoven simply flew away.
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84% points won behind first ball
Galvanized by a first serve at 74%, behind which he won the unreal rate of 84% of his points, the 205th in the world priced Medvedev’s service twice consecutively to soar to his first singles title (6- 1), at home moreover, concluded with a final in 1h01 of play. Opposite, the recent quarter-finalist of Roland-Garros, still without a title this season, showed signs of annoyance and frustration in the face of the momentum opponent, without ever finding the solutions to thwart it.
Despite a last burst at 5-0, preventing him from taking a bubble against a player whose it was the first final on the main circuit, Medvedev could only see the damage and suffer the roar of the crowd on the match point. Recipient of a wild card for this ‘s-Hertogenbosch tournament, Van Rijthoven, who had never beaten a Top 80 in his career and who will jump 100 places in the ATP next Monday, was a name this Sunday, and can harbor strong hopes for the rest of the grass season. It will not be good to take it in the first round of Wimbledon!
Tim van Rijthoven
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