Botic van de Zandschulp has reached the second round at Wimbledon. The 25-year-old Dutch tennis player won today on the ‘holy grass’ in London from Gregoire Barrere. He defeated the Frenchman in four sets (6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1 and 7-6 (7-3)).
In the fourth set, Van de Zandschulp was allowed to serve for the set with a 5-4 lead, but he failed to finish it. In the tiebreak, he scored four points in a row from 3-3 and finished it off with an ace after 2 hours and 40 minutes, his fourteenth of the game.
Van de Zandschulp broke his opponent immediately in the first game of the match and went on to 3-0. After 27 minutes he had already won the first set. After the loss of the second set, which went without breaks, the Dutchman looked a bit shaken and immediately handed in his service game in the initial phase of the third set.
However, he broke right back and actually won six games in a row. In the fourth set, after missing some opportunities early in the set, he finished just in time. The next opponent of Van de Zandschulp who made his Wimbledon debut is Matteo Berrettini. With the Italian he will meet the number 7 of the placement list in the second round.
At Wimbledon, Van de Zandschulp was finally admitted to the main schedule as a ‘lucky loser’ from the qualifying tournament – where he lost in the third round – due to Dominic Thiem’s cancellation. Before his participation in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament, Van de Zandschulp had never played a match on grass. Thanks to the victory over Barrere, he is assured of 75,000 British pounds, converted 87,500 euros.
Earlier this year, Van de Zandschulp also qualified for the Australian Open and Roland Garros for the first time. There he reached the first and second round respectively.
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‘Lucky loser’ Van de Zandschulp reaches second round for the first time at Wimbledon | Sport
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