“I just checked my phone and it’s red hot. Maybe I’ll sit down for that tonight,” said Van Rijthoven after his seventh win in a row. Earlier this month he already won the grass tournament in Rosmalen. There he received a wild card, just like at Wimbledon.
It was 6-4 6-7 (8) 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4) against Opelka, who, like the Dutchman, has a strong serve. “To make a break was already quite an achievement for me. In the second set I played a good tiebreak and when I lost it I thought: now we’re really going to start.”
The second and third tiebreak were then for Van Rijthoven, who finished it off with a hard serve through the middle. “I was very focused on where I would serve and then I wanted to serve there with full conviction and hard. That worked,” said the number 104 in the world soberly.
“It was my first four-setter ever, but it wasn’t so much physically demanding, but rather mentally. In the tiebreak you simply cannot lose the points on your service, because you know that there will be a pounding next. You have to be there every point. Physically I feel good, although I think I will sleep well tonight.”
Van Rijthoven is the first Dutchman in the third round of Wimbledon since Igor Sijsling in 2013. Sijsling is now Van Rijthoven’s coach. “I’m going to tell him that in a moment. I look forward to his response. I am very happy to be in the third round, especially at Wimbledon. Because I think that’s the best tournament to be in.”
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