Fritz, one year younger, who was placed third, won the Indian Wells masters tournament this year.
Van Rijthoven used his second match point after 2 hours and 18 minutes with a hard return, which only just ended up inside the lines. Just before that, Van Rijthoven had lost a match point in one of the longest swing changes on Court 1.
Van Rijthoven, admitted with a wild card, who hit no less than eighteen aces and was broken only once, had never won a match at ATP level before this week. The Dutchman will play in the quarterfinals on Friday against Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who defeated American Jenson Broosky in three sets.
The game between Van Rijthoven and Fritz was supposed to be played on Wednesday, but was postponed due to rain. Van Rijthoven is the only Dutchman who is still active in singles in Rosmalen. He is coached by former professional Igor Sijsling.
Van Rijthoven could hardly believe his stunt, he told Ziggo Sport. “Maybe later at dinner. You don’t even dream of this.” According to him, his good service on the grass in Rosmalen already gave him a good chance to keep the sets exciting for a long time. “You can do a lot on grass if you serve well. Then you quickly reach the tiebreak or at the end of the set and it really only comes down to a few points.”
Greek track does not make it against Auger-Aliassime
Tallon Greek track lost to Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the grass tournament in Rosmalen. The number 9 in the world was too strong in two sets (7-6 (2) 7-6 (5)) and thus qualified for the quarterfinals. The game was postponed by a day due to rain.
Greek track, the world number 56 and the second best tennis player in the Netherlands, served well and allowed no breaks. The 25-year-old Dutchman was the only one to receive two breakpoints in the second set, but did not use them. For example, two tiebreaks had to bring the decision. The Canadian turned out to be the strongest in this. Greek track ended the game after an hour and 45 minutes with a backhand in the net.
Greek track made only two points less than the Canadian second seed on the center court: 73 to 75. Auger-Aliassime scored thirteen aces, Greek track only one.
Before this week, Greek track had never won a match on grass in a main tournament on the ATP tour. He will now prepare for the Halle grass tournament next week.
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the winner of the last edition in 2019, joined the last eight with a 6-2 6-3 win over Australian Alex de Minaur, who was placed fourth on the Autotron.
Medvedev after a rough start to the last eight in Rosmalen
Despite a difficult start, Daniil Medvedev has secured a place in the quarterfinals of the grass tournament in Rosmalen. The first seeded Russian was 7-5 6-4 too strong for Frenchman Gilles Simon.
The 26-year-old Medvedev, the number 2 in the world, reversed a 5-2 deficit in the first set. He survived a set point at 5-3 and won the set himself not much later with a love game.
In the second set Medvedev quickly ran out on the full center court of the Autotron. After an hour and 52 minutes, however, he only used his seventh match point, with a backhand down the line.
Medvedev is participating in Rosmalen for the fourth time and for the first time since 2018. Four years ago, the Russian, who is participating under a neutral flag this week, already lost in the second round to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
In the last eight, Medvedev will face Ilya Ivashka from Belarus on Friday.
Arianne Hartono failed to reach the quarterfinals of the grass tennis tournament in Rosmalen. The first seeded Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus was too strong in two sets: 6-2 6-3.
Arianne Hartono in action at the Libema Open in Rosmalen
The first set of the game was on Wednesday, after which rain showers made further play impossible. After hours of delay, it was decided to move the game to Thursday. Hartono was the only remaining Dutch in the women’s singles.
In the second game of the second set, Hartono immediately lost her service. The Dutch number 172 in the world never managed to break back. Sabalenka, who plays under a neutral flag, used her first match point.
Good Dutch doubles success
Hartono was the only remaining Dutch among the women. Arantxa Rus dropped the tournament in her own country, because she prefers to play a tournament on clay this week. Suzan Lamens lost in the first round.
Lamens reached the quarterfinals in doubles together with Isabelle Haverlag on Thursday by beating Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos: 7-5 6-3.
Middelkoop and Haase win in double against Greek track and Medvedev
At the Libéma Open, the grass tennis tournament in Rosmalen, Matwé Middelkoop and Robin Haase have won the opening round of the doubles against Tallon groenpoor and the Russian Daniil Medvedev. It became 6-4 6-4 for the Dutch couple.
Greek track had received a wild card together with Medvedev, the number 2 in the world in singles. They played together for the first time.
Middelkoop and Haase won the doubles in February at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, the largest international tennis tournament in the Netherlands.