Medvedev knocks out defending champion Mannarino to set up Van Rijthoven final
Daniil Medvedev is one game away from winning his first title of 2022 after beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to reach the Rosmalen Grass Courts final.
Defending champion Mannarino had won eight straight at the ATP 250 event, last held in 2019, but fell 7-5 7-5 to Medvedev in a game of just less than two hours.
Top-seeded Medvedev, whose last final appearance was at the Australian Open in January, will now face local favorite Tim van Rijthoven on Sunday.
“Adrian is playing well, and some games in this match felt like: okay, I can’t do anything,” said Medvedev, who will reclaim the top spot in the ATP rankings next week.
“I just had to keep playing tennis. He was amazing at times, missing at times, so I kept playing, and it worked out today.”
Medvedev was far from his best against Mannarino, who struck flat, with the first set featuring five breaks of serve, but the 26-year-old did enough to take the lead.
After losing a chance to serve the match in the 10th game of the second set, Medvedev outstripped a gigantic 11th game and avoided any kind of scare to advance.
The Russian will next face a different kind of test against Van Rijthoven after the Dutch wildcard stunned second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier on Saturday.
Van Rijthoven, who hadn’t won a match at tour level until his first-round win over Matthew Ebden, prevailed 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-5) in a semi-final thrilling.
After splitting the first two sets, Van Rijthoven wasted six break point chances in the tiebreak but kept his composure in the tiebreak to continue his dream run.
He is the first Dutchman to reach the final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch since Raemon Sluiter in 2009.