Unbelievable but real! We pinch ourselves to believe. World No. 2 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev was beaten this Sunday by Tim Van Rijthoven, the 25-year-old modest Dutchman, ranked 205th in the world, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the tournament on grass de’s -Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). An even more striking defeat than Russia will win world No. 1 on Monday, in place of Novak Djokovic – also surpassed by Alexander Zverev, new No. 2.
For his part, the stage region, beneficiary of a “wild card” (invitation from organizers), was delivered at home the perfect week. Using the secondary circuit and the “Challenger” tournaments, Batave had thus been eliminated in the first round of the Roland-Garros qualifiers a month ago. His only appearance on the main circuit, a loss in the first round, came in 2016 in Winston-Salem (USA) and only as a “lucky loser”-in favor of a checkup after a qualifying loss.
Van Rijthoven, losing successively this week to Matthew Ebden (7-6, 7-6), Taylor Fritz, 14th (6-7, 7-5, 6-4), Hugo Gaston (7-6, 6-4) and Félix Auger-Aliassime, 9e (6-3, 1-6, 7-6), recently beat Medvedev. Supporting a great service (57 aces this week), he neutralized the Russian with his sliced reversal and scored points thanks to his right -hand kick. Normally passive, Medvedev never seemed to take the step of turning the party around. His last title, therefore, will always be at the US Open 2021, where he had privately won Novak Djokovic of the Grand Chelem calendar.
Author of a quarter -final at Wimbledon in the juniors in 2014, a performance left without a tomorrow, Van Rijthoven is the worst player to beat himself at Hertogenbosch since Nicolas Mahut, sacrificed in 2013, when he died sounded the au 240e. He is also the first Dutchman to take part in this tournament since Sjeng Schalken in 2003. He also finishes ten years in the Dutch state, the last UK player title on the circuit going back in 2012 and the success of Robin Haase in Kitzbuhel.
This magical week he won a 99 -place bond in the ATP rankings. Quite anonymously last week, he climbed to the doors of the world top 100 on Monday, ranked 106th more precisely. Van Rijthoven’s sensation among men was accompanied by a surprise of size in the women’s panel. Finally, Russe Ekaterina Alexandrova, 27 years old, 30 years old, and the impact of the renversé in Biélorusse Aryna Sabalenka, n ° 6, 7-5, 6-0.