Sports | Tennis: Medvedev in final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and returns No. 1

By Provence (with AFP)

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, world number 2, qualifies on Saturday for the final of the ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) grass tournament by dominating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 7-5 at 1:56 p.m. on the way to recovering first place in the ATP rankings on Monday.

He will meet on Sunday in the final the long-awaited Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven (25 years old, 205th world), who eliminated on Saturday Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th) 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). “We should probably have been 18 years old the last time we were together and he always played well on grass, so I’m not surprised“, the Russian player said of his Dutch opponent. The grass, added Medvedev,”it is a surface where sensations are sometimes encountered. (Van Rijthoven) is a good player, so I am ready for a big fight tomorrow (Sunday)“.

Daniil Medvedev, 26, combined for three titles on the ATP circuit, not at the 2021 US Open, but he has yet to win a tournament this season.

His qualification for the final, his first since the Australian Open where he was sidelined in the fifth set against Rafael Nadal, guaranteed him Monday to knock out Serb Novak Djokovic in first place in the world rankings, a place he has been busy for two weeks in March.

Mannarino, 70th in the world, was the holder of the title on the Dutch field, where he won the only title of his career in 2019 – the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the Covid pandemic.

In the women’s table, the final of the tournament will see Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka (6th) and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova (30th) on Sunday.

Sabalenka, 24, a battu samedi l’Américaine Shelby Rogers 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, tandis qu’Alexandrova, 27, a battu to compatriot Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-1.

The ‘s-Hertogenbosch tournament is in preparation for Wimbledon (June 27-July 10), where neither Sabalenka, nor Alexandrova nor Medvedev will be able to align, the organizers of the London tournament have decided to expel the athletes Russians and Belarusians of its 2022 edition in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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