It was a bitter day for Russian tennis player Daniel Medvedev as the 26-year-old lost to Dutch wildcard Tim Van Rijthovan in the final of the Libema Open, ATP 250 tournament, but regained the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings.
Van Rijthoven, ranked 205th on the season’s lowest-ranked tour-level title list, completed a dream week at Sunday’s Hertogenbosch, taking first place with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Medvedev. ATP Tour Title.
The 25-year-old Dutchman was playing in his first title match on his second appearance in the main draw of the tour-level. However, he did not show any signs of nervousness against the home crowd on the way to a 65-minute victory over Medvedev.
“This is new to me, it will take some time to get used to it,” Van Rijthoven, who did not win a tour-level match earlier this week, was quoted by atptour.com. “What a dream this week. I thank my team for being polite this week, doing the usual things and not making this thing bigger than that.
“I thank all of you,” Van Rijthoven added, addressing the crowd at his home. “Your support has been wonderful this week.”
On his way to the finals here, Van Rijthoven became the first Dutchman to win an ATP 250 event since Sejeng Schalken in 2003, defeating Matthew Abden, Taylor Fritz, Hugo Gaston and Felix Oger-Aliasim.
Van Rijthoven enjoyed a bright start to his first tour-level meeting with Medvedev, breaking the S player early in the second game. The top-ranked player left him immediately behind, however, who restored parity at 2-2 with his own break.
Van Rijthoven’s victory was driven by Medvedev’s ability to put pressure on everyone.
“Amazing week. (You) destroyed World No. 2 in a straight set in the final, so I think that should be a good feeling!” “A wonderful match,” Medvedev told Van Rijthoven. Keep it up. I miss you from junior, you have talent so now you need more matches like this and more tournaments like this! Congratulations to you and your team. “
The defeat means Medvedev will be without a trophy in 2022, but the 26-year-old will still be excited about his run in ‘s-Hertogenbosch’, which led to his first tour-level final appearance since the Australian Open in January.
“I want to show a lot of respect to Daniel,” said Van Rijthoven, the world number one who will be coming soon. “You are a great player, I have seen you many times on TV, and now playing you on my own, it was already a dream. It was wonderful to play against you and it was an honor to share the court with you and you are sure to win many more titles. I hope to see you in court many times in the future. “
In Monday’s update of the ATP rankings, Van Rijthoven’s race at Hertogenbosch gave the Dutchman a career-high no. 106 to 99 is set to deliver.