The Dutchman, who only played in the final of an ATP tournament, will face Serbia in 16 rounds.

Van Rijthoven at Wimbledon.
Van Rijthoven at Wimbledon.Adrian DennisAFP
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Don’t blame yourself if you don’t hear its name for three weeks Tim van Rijthoven. It would be most normal, with reason 25 years old He has only played in one ATP tournament final in his entire career. No one bets he will win ‘sHertogenboschEven if it is his home, and even less defeated the world number one in the final, Daniel Medvedev. What came next was a dream: undefeated since then, he has dated Novak Djokovic Inside Round of 16 Of Wimbledon.

“From the outside it’s clear that it looks like a Fairy tale Because a lot of people have gone beyond all of this, ”he told a news conference while taking stock over the past three weeks.“ That ATP title didn’t come out of nowhere because I didn’t win any. ChallengerAlthough he played in the final. But it’s the result of a lot of hard work, a lot of faith and a lot of good feelings. “

This fairy tale begins to be written with an invitation. But not for Wimbledon, for ‘s-Hertogenbosch’, because even a ATP250 His country needed Dutch Wild card. Out of nowhere, he also realizes that it looked like this, a tennis player who has not been in the main draw of the ATP tournament since 2016, dropped out Three top 15: Taylor Fritz (14). Felix Agar-Aliasim (9). Medvedev (1).

Success has brought him one leap 99 steps in the ranking And an invitation to Wimbledon that thwarted his plans: since he agreed he would have to play in the preliminary round, he did not sign up for any more tournaments and was left for two weeks without an official match.

But Tim Van Rizthoven’s obsession on the grass of the cathedral remains intact. I opened it forcefully DelbonisI’m surprised Riley Opelka In the second round and this Thursday he lost to Georgian Nicolas Basilashvili (6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in less than two hours). Three wins, two overs seed, one set drop along the way.

“It’s a huge confidence boost. The grass fits a lot more with my style. I’m running a wave right now. We’ll see where it takes me.”

At the moment, a double against 16 rounds Novak DjokovicThat ran over his compatriot Mayomi Kekmanvik (6-0, 6-3, 6-4) to re-confirm their favorite status. Winners of the last three editions out of a total of six. Van Rijthoven’s dream.

“Before the tournament I dreamed of being able to play him. To be able to do it, and even to play center court or court 1, it’s going to be magical.”

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