Unknown Van Rijthoven Stuns Medvedev To Win Den Bosch Title
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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