New World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev swept away by the unknown of Rijthoven (205th) in the final at Hertogenbosch

For 25 years, Tim van Rijthoven did not last long. But the Dutch could win the Bois-le-Duc (or Hertogenbosch) tournament at home. This is the habit of the secondary circuit and swept in the final (6-4, 6-1) Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will regain the first world place this Monday at the expense of Novak Djokovic.

It was van Rijthoven’s first title (1.88 m, 88kg), already losing this week to Taylor Fritz (14th), Hugo Gaston (66th) and then Félix Auger-Aliassime (9th). His only participation in a major circuit tournament was in 2016 in Winston-Salem, USA. Moreover, he had won at the time as a “lucky loser”, or a player who was tricked after losing in qualifiers.

A return to the opposite throne

For Medvedev, who could not take part in Wimbledon, which is banned this year from Russia and Belarus, there was no better way to “celebrate” his return to world number one, a throne already occupied for two weeks in March.

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