Tim van Rijtwein took advantage of the rare berth of the Man Tour as he won the first title by defeating Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the grass court tournament at s-Hertogenbosch. The 25-year-old Dutchman, ranked 205th in the world, took 1 hour and 5 minutes to crush the Russians, who will return to the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, replacing Novak Djokovic despite the loss. Van Rijtoun, who was invited to the Dutch event as a wild card, spent most of his career this season on the second tier challenger tour.
“It’s new to me, it will take some time to get used to it,” said Van Rijthon, who has not won a Tour Level match before this week, in his on-court interview.
“What a dream this week. I would like to thank my team for being humble this week, doing normal work, not making it any bigger.”
Medvedev told the new champion: “For the first time in the ATP final and you destroyed the world number two.”
Van Rijthon dropped out of the first two majors’ qualifying rounds this year, but he is the only one of Sunday’s singles finalists at s-Hertogenbosch to qualify for Wimbledon.
Medvedev and two women’s finalists, Belarusian Arena Sabalinka and Russian Ekaterina Sabalinka, have been banned by the Grass Court Major following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, World No. 30 Alexandrova surprised top seed Sabalinka 7-5, 6-0.
This is only the second title of his Russian career since his victory in Shenzhen in 2020.
Sabalinka, ranked sixth in the world and last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist, took a 5-4 lead in the first set before the game opened.
Belarus admits to nine consecutive games, scoring 31 unforced errors Alexandrova, 27, finished the match with her best weapon, two service winners and an ace.
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