Tallon Griekspoor is on the brink of securing a seeded spot for Wimbledon after winning his second ATP tour title of the tennis season in Rosmalen.
The 26-year-old overcame a ragged start to defeat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in the Netherlands’ premier grass court tournament.
In a final that didn’t start until 6pm after rain interrupted the women’s final, Griekspoor gave up an early break, then clawed his way back into the first set only to lose on a tie-break.
After retrieving three break points at 4-4 he won the second set tie-break to force a decider, where a galvanised Griekspoor broke Thompson for a 3-2 lead and then won the deciding service game to love.
The result lifts Griekspoor to his highest ever ATP ranking of 29, good enough to be seeded at Wimbledon, which starts on July 3.
He also leapfrogs Botic van de Zandschulp, who drops 41st place, to become the Dutch number 1.
Griekspoor won his first career title at the Maharashtra Open in Pune, India, in the first week of January. He follows Tim van Rijthoven, Sjeng Schalken and Richard Krajicek as Dutch winners of the Rosmalen tournament.
“This is the best moment of my career and the best week of my life,” Griekspoor said afterwards. “It’s always hard to play your best tennis in the final, but with the crowd’s help I managed it.
“I’m not quick to show emotion, but this was great. It proved to me that I should always play with aggression and verve: that brings out the best in me.”
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