Wimbledon debutant Tim van Rijthoven has been the breakout star of the ATP Tour’s grass-court season behind victories in his first eight tour-level matches on the floor. Whereas his Cinderella run ended within the fourth spherical at The Championships courtesy of Novak Djokovic, the Dutchman leaves SW19 grateful for the expertise.
“Clearly a really huge match for me, enjoying for the primary time on Centre Court docket towards one of many biggest gamers of all time,” he stated in his post-match press convention following a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat. “[It] was for me already a giant win, the truth that I used to be on Centre Court docket. Actually the primary couple video games I felt that, was just a little nervous.”
The 25-year-old put a scare into the three-time defending champion, taking a hard-fought second set by saving 4 break factors to serve it out after six deuces. However Djokovic snapped again with a direct response, locking down from the baseline to recuperate.
“I grew within the match, began to play higher,” van Rijthoven continued. “Truly acquired the second set. Then Novak did his Novak factor and performed very, very nicely. He had all of the solutions. I attempted to make it extra of a struggle, however simply wasn’t doable as we speak.”
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Van Rijthoven was simply 1-2 at tour-level getting into June, when he shocked Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz to win the ‘s-Hertogenbosch title in his second ATP Tour main-draw look. After notching 5 wins to carry his maiden tour-level title in his residence nation, the Dutchman scored three extra wins at Wimbledon, together with upsets of fifteenth seed Reilly Opelka and twenty second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Whereas he couldn’t get previous Djokovic, he left the highest seed impressed along with his recreation.
“I knew coming into the match that it was at all times going to be a tricky, difficult matchup towards Tim, who I’ve by no means confronted earlier than,” the Serbian stated. “I watched him play. He is acquired a very good recreation for grass, which he proved as we speak. [It] was an excellent struggle, particularly within the first two units.”
Van Rijthoven entered SW19 at a career-high of No.104 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. With out the advantage of Grand Slam fourth-round factors for his run on the London lawns, he’ll stay close to that place as he appears to be like to ascertain himself on the ATP Tour within the coming months.
As an alternative, he’ll hope to make use of his expertise on the grass-court swing to propel him to future success.
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