Dutch wildcard Tim van Rijthoven has capped a dream run at the Rosmalen grass-court event by defeating top seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-1 in the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Van Rijthoven, ranked 205th in the world, had never won a main-draw match at an ATP Tour event until this week.
Yet he knocked out third seed Taylor Fritz and second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event before victory over Russia’s Medvedev in 65 minutes secured his maiden title on Sunday.
The 25-year-old broke Medvedev four times and when the Russian’s return on championship point hit the net, he sank to the grass turf as the home crowd cheered their first Dutch champion on home soil in 19 years.
“Congrats Tim, amazing week. First time in an ATP tournament (final) and straightaway you destroy the number two in the world in straight sets,” Medvedev said after collecting the runners-up trophy.
“I don’t know how it feels, so it must be a good feeling!”
It was hardly the way that US Open champion Medvedev wanted to celebrate his return to the position of world No.1 in the rankings next week.