In the first week of each Grand Slam, generally those tennis players who are furthest from the top of the ATP circuit tend to say goodbye. But this time, at the US Open, Botic van de Zandschulp threatens all kinds of predictions: he erased Diego Schwartzman, he settled in the quarterfinals and now he goes for Daniil Medvedev. Who is this powerful Dutchman?
At 25, he has been a professional since 2013 and, this season, he had the luxury of entering the main draw of the four Grand Slam. At the Australian Open he said goodbye in the first round, while at Roland Garros and Wimbledon he won a match and reached the second round.
In the last two years he climbed more than 220 positions and began to make a place in the main tournaments of the circuit, although anyway it is common to find it in different competitions at the Challenger level.
Without going any further, two weeks ago, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo eliminated him in the Merbuusch semifinals; while Nicolás Kicker also did it towards the end of July in Tampere, Finland.
The start of this surprising path at the US Open came when he beat Casper Ruud, a tennis player who is coming in for a great season. There the focus was on this 1.91m tall and tall Dutchman, who has now entered the great history of his country.
In addition, He beat Facundo Bagnis in the third round by 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2 and, with the victory against Small, he stacked two consecutive victories against Argentine tennis players.
Among its main tools, it stands out his right and his serve, especially the plane. Highly mobile despite its height, it has an interesting reverse with slice, sharp and precise.
Before the fourth round match, he had said: “I’ve been a season with an upward trendWith that more than confirmed, Botic van de Zandschulp continues on a path of permanent illusion.
It is still unknown what the end of this Dutch dream will be, but what is certain is that it will be worth the promotion of a few positions in the circuit.