Unknown Van Rijthoven Stuns Medvedev To Win Den Bosch Title

by Staff | June 12th, 2022, 2:16 pm

Little-known wildcard Tim Van Rijthoven capped a career breakthrough week in his home country stunning Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-1 to win the Den Bosch title.

The 25-year-old was appearing in just his second career tour-level event, and ran off wins over Taylor Fritz, Hugo Gaston, Felix Auger Aliassime and today Monday’s world No. 1, Medvedev.

“This is new for me, it’s going to take some time getting used to,” said Van Rijthoven to his home crowd. “What a dream this week. I would like to thank my team for staying humble this week, doing the normal things, not making this thing any bigger than it was.

Van Rijthoven becomes the first Dutchman to win an ATP title since Robin Haase at 2012 Kitzbuhel nearly 10 years ago.

“I’d like to show huge respect to Daniil,” said Van Rijthoven . “You’re a great player, I’ve watched you on TV many times, and now to play you myself, that was already a dream. Playing against you was amazing and it was an honour to share the court with you, and you are for sure going to win many more titles. I’ll see you hopefully in the future many more times on the court.”

Medvedev will now head to Halle still seeking a first title of the season.

“Amazing week. Destroyed the No. 2 in the world in straight sets in the final, so I think it must be a good feeling,” said Medvedev on court. “An amazing match today. Keep it going. I remember you from juniors, you have the talent so now you need to make more matches like this and more tournaments like this! Congrats to you and your team.”

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4 Comments for Unknown Van Rijthoven Stuns Medvedev To Win Den Bosch Title

tennismonger Says:

OMG! See what happens when someone shows up that can actually play grass-court tennis?

After Roland Garros, it was a sight for sore eyes… ;-)

chrisford1 Says:

Not sure what you are getting at.

tennismonger Says:

Just lamenting the dearth of adept S&V players out there; players that know when & how to approach the net for max value…I’ll post more if I have time.

tennismonger Says:

So…I get that the game has changed, that players & their rackets are more powerful, the grass had to be slowed down, etc.

But…to me, watching guys play on a grass court like it’s just a sped-up clay court is an (mostly) abomination.

Is anyone out there old enough to remember Bud Collins w/NBC & how he used to wonder out loud why a player wan’t going to the net whenever he had a ball land within a foot or two of the service line?

I’m not saying them was the days…but it’s just kind of gratifying to see an aggressively nuanced player (Van Rijthoven) pick apart a player who, while impressive in his own way (Medvedev), does not really have what you’d call a grass court game.

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