Libema OpenTim van Rijthoven’s dream week in Rosmalen continues. On the grass of the Libéma Open in Rosmalen, the 25-year-old tennis player defeated the favorite and world top player Félix Auger-Aliassime in three sets: 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5). He will meet Daniil Medvedev in the final.
,,That I got a wildcard was already a surprise. I was hoping to play one or two matches and now I’m in the final. Unbelievable, I have no words for it,” said the 25-year-old tennis player from Roosendaal.
Van Rijthoven, who had not previously won a match at the highest level until this edition of Libéma Open and participated because of a wildcard, strings the stunts together in Rosmalen. In the first round the Australian beat Matthew Ebden, then the American number 14 in the world Taylor Fritz. In the quarterfinals, the Frenchman Hugo Gaston could not match Van Rijthoven either.
And so on Saturday afternoon Auger-Aliassime, placed second and number nine in the ATP ranking, also had to believe it. Van Rijthoven started well in the first set, in which the number 205 in the world broke his Canadian opponent once. He kept his own serve and took the first set.
After that, Auger-Aliassim showed its class. Van Rijthoven was not involved and had to hand in two service turns: 1-6. The tennis player from Roosendaal gathered himself together and made it difficult for his opponent. The games went along with the services. So tiebreak. At 3-3, Van Rijthoven ensured a mini-break, which he immediately cashed in.
He got three match points. Auger-Aliassim squeaked and creaked. He cleared two match points, but Van Rijthoven kept his nerves under control and used his third match point, after which he fell on the grass and raised his arms in the air. With his victory, Van Rijthoven created a sensation by beating the Canadian world champion and thus reaching the final in Rosmalen.
Tomorrow is Daniil Medvedev, the first-seeded Russian to beat Adrian Mannarino (winner 2019) in two sets: 7-5, 7-5. He had watched Van Rijthoven’s match beforehand. ,,I have seen everything except part of the first set. He played a great tiebreak,” said Medvedev.
The Russian said he had last seen Van Rijthoven play when they were still playing in the juniors. “We were both 18 years old and I know he always played well on grass. So I’m not surprised at all. He’s a good player and I’m ready for a good fight tomorrow.”
After his victory, Van Rijthoven first of all thanked the audience that was massively behind the home favorite in the match against Auger-Aliassime. ,,I’m not the person who celebrates his points very exuberantly on track, luckily it was done for me,’ he said.
Koolhof wins in doubles Rosmalen van Middelkoop and Haase
Wesley Koolhof has reached the final of the grass tournament in Rosmalen with his British doubles partner Neal Skupski. The couple defeated Matwé Middelkoop and Robin Haase in two sets in the semifinals: 6-3 6-2.
In the final, Koolhof and Skupski will face the Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. They beat South African Raven Klaasen and Brazilian Marcelo Melo: 1-6 7-5 10-6.
Koolhof and the Briton Skupski are the numbers 1 in the world ranking based on 2022. At Roland Garros, the duo stranded in the quarterfinals.
Murray beats Kyrgios in Stuttgart
Andy Murray has qualified for the final of the grass tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. In the final battle he will play against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Murray defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios in two sets in the semi-finals: 7-6 (5), 6-2. The match lasted 1 hour and 33 minutes. The Scots eliminated Greek favorite Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals. Berrettini was a bit too strong for the German Oscar Otte in his semifinal on Saturday after two tiebreaks with 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (5).
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