Daniil Medvedev answers if he thinks Tim van Rijthoven can become great player

Medvedev suffered a shock loss to van Rijthoven in the Libema Open final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Daniil Medvedev answers if he thinks Tim van Rijthoven can become great player

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev admitted Tim van Rijthoven was simply the better player in the 's-Hertogenbosch final and he deserved to win. First-seeded Medvedev suffered a shock loss in the Libema Open final as van Rijthoven saw off the Russian 6-4 6-1 to win his maiden ATP title.

Van Rijthoven blew an early first set break but broke Medvedev again in the 10th game, when the top seed was serving to stay in the first set. In the second set, van Rijthoven broke Medvedev twice to complete a straight-set win.

"Tim played too good for me today. The only thing I could have done better is serving but that was the problem all week long. I didn't serve at my best level and while in previous matches I could compensate it by breaking the guys, today was tough," Medvedev told Ziggo Sport.

Medvedev on van Rijthoven's future

Last week, van Rijthoven was ranked just outside the top-200 and he entered the Libema Open main draw as a wildcard.

Following his Libema Open victory, van Rijthoven rose to a career-high ranking of No. 106 in the world. Van Rijthoven is not one of the youngest players on the Tour as he is 25 but Medvedev feels the Dutch will have his chances to become a great player.

"It's a very, very tough matter because if he plays like today, he is a top-10 soon. But there's always 'but.' We can never predict the future. if he plays like this at tournaments, he is going to have his opportunities - it's going to depend on the draw, on the conditions - but he is going to have his opportunities to become a great tennis player.

But tennis life is not easy so let's see how he handles it," Medvedev explained.

Meanwhile, Medvedev turns his focus now to Halle. In Halle, Medvedev is the top seed and he faces David Goffin in his opener.

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