Tennis world in disbelief over wildcard's insane feat': 'Uniquely nuts'

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Tim van Rijthoven (pictured left) in shock after winning and (pictured right) hugging his mum after winning the s-Hertogenbosch title.
Tim van Rijthoven (pictured left) made a fairytale run to win the Mens Singles Final match at the s-Hertogenbosch. (Getty Images)

The tennis world has watched on in awe as World No.205 Tim Rijthoven capped off a fairytale run to defeated World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in the 's-Hertogenbosch final.

Rijthoven had never won a challenger event or an ATP Tour level match until this week, which saw him reach the final against Medvedev.

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And in remarkable scenes, Rijthoven outplayed the soon-to-be World No.1 6-4, 6-1 to lift his maiden ATP trophy.

The Dutch player knocked out third seed Taylor Fritz and second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event before the final.

And he was able to defeat Russia's Medvedev in 65 minutes.

Rijthoven made his ATP debut in 2016, but hadn't played a main draw match until this week.

After his victory, Rijthoven stormed into the stands to celebrate with his mother who was watching on in beautiful scenes.

The tennis world shared Medvedev's astonishment after Rijthoven's stunning run.

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The 25-year-old broke Medvedev four times and when the Russian's return on championship point hit the net, he sank to the grass turf as the home crowd cheered their first Dutch champion on home soil in 19 years.

Medvedev was just as stunned after the match and paid the wildcard a huge compliment.

"First time in an ATP tournament and straight away you destroy the number two in the world in straight sets in the final," Medvedev said with a smile.

"Must be a good feeling."

Rijthoven is the lowest ranked man to have won an ATP title in more than a year.

The 24-year-old finished the tournament with the most aces, having surprised most of his opponents with his booming serve.

with AAP

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