Van de Zandschulp wins thriller in opening round US Open, also Van Rijthoven by | NOW


Botic van de Zandschulp has reached the second round of the US Open with great difficulty. The Dutchman beat Czech qualifier Tomas Machac in a nerve-wracking five-setter. Tim van Rijthoven also got through the eye of the needle against the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen.

Van Rijthoven seemed to be heading for a hopeless defeat on lane 6 in New York. The number 117 in the world, who made it to the last sixteen at Wimbledon, lost the first two sets and gave up the first match points at 6-5 in the third set.

He got rid of all three, but quickly faced a 5-1 deficit in the tiebreak. Zhang (ATP-137), who has never won a match at Grand Slam level, missed four more chances to secure the victory.

Van Rijthoven struck on his second set point and that immediately turned out to be the turnaround in the match. De Brabander was lord and master in the fourth set and placed an early break in the decisive set. After almost four hours, he decided the marathon match in his favor on his very first match point.

In the second round, Van Rijthoven faces the difficult task of eliminating Casper Ruud. The Norwegian is placed fifth and reached the final of Roland Garros this year. He never made it past the third round at the US Open.

Van Rijthoven had a breakthrough during grass season

Van Rijthoven had his big breakthrough this year by unexpectedly winning the Rosmalen grass tournament in June. It earned him a wild card for Wimbledon, in which he only had to recognize his superior in the fourth round in the eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

After his Wimbledon success, he played only three more matches due to back problems, two of which were on hard courts. He won one of those, in three sets against the world’s number 367 at a Challenger tournament.

His victory in the first round of the US Open is therefore a nice boost for Van Rijthoven. Especially in view of the fact that in New York you can earn points for the world ranking, where that was not the case at Wimbledon this year.

Later in the evening, Botic van de Zandschulp and Arantxa Rus will also be in action in New York. On Tuesday it will be the turn of the other Dutchmen: Tallon groenpoor and Gijs Brouwer.


Source: NU by www.nu.nl.

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