Botic van de Zandschulp loved by far the most important results of his profession on the US Open, the place he turned the third males’s qualifier on file to achieve the quarter-finals. However for those who discuss to the Dutchman, who on Wednesday certified for the BNP Paribas Open, it’s as if nothing occurred final month.
The identical day Botic misplaced in opposition to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev, he flew residence. Van de Zandschulp has not regarded again since.
“It went rapidly and I didn’t actually have time to consider it,” van de Zandschulp instructed ATPTour.com. “I didn’t realise it but and I believe it’s possibly going to come back within the offseason after I’m not enjoying and looking again on the yr. I believe then I’m going to grasp how good it was.”
Botic, who celebrated his twenty sixth birthday on Monday, has not stopped transferring since his huge run, each actually and figuratively. After staying residence for lower than every week, the brand new High 100 participant flew throughout the Atlantic Ocean once more, taking a 14-hour journey to Uruguay to compete for his nation in Davis Cup.
Van de Zandchulp then returned to The Netherlands for eight days earlier than travelling to California — that is simply his second journey to the USA, his first coming for the US Open — to play qualifying for the BNP Paribas Open.
“A whole lot of miles, undoubtedly,” van de Zandschulp stated, cracking a smile. “It’s been some experience the previous couple of weeks.”
His US Open run was huge information in The Netherlands, as no Dutchman had made a significant quarter-final since Sjeng Schalken at Wimbledon in 2004. Van de Zandschulp did a number of interviews and appeared on a Dutch TV present when he was residence.
“My cellphone blew up. In Holland it was a fairly large factor,” van de Zandchulp stated. “If I used to be a man from Russia in the meanwhile and I made the quarters, it could be slightly totally different than from Holland. The final man from Holland was 18 years in the past, Schalken. He made the quarters. For a rustic like Holland, it’s slightly bit extra particular.”
World No. 66 van de Zandchulp has not reveled in his success. As an alternative, he refocussed and set his sights on a brand new purpose: cracking the High 50 within the FedEx ATP Rankings.
“You don’t have a number of time to have fun,” van de Zandschulp stated. “You go on to the subsequent match each time.”
That doesn’t imply that the Dutchman’s efforts at Flushing Meadows weren’t helpful. Botic proved to himself he may compete with the world’s greatest by defeating then-World No. 11 Casper Ruud within the second spherical of the principle draw and then-World No. 14 Diego Schwartzman within the fourth spherical.
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No person pushed eventual champion Medvedev so far as van de Zandschulp. The Russian, who surprised World No. 1 Novak Djokovic within the last, wanted 4 tight units to get by their quarter-final.
“I believe it’s signal I can beat guys who’re higher-ranked than me and guys who’re [around No.] 10 on this planet. I believe I did fairly good in opposition to Medvedev as effectively,” van de Zandschulp stated. “It offers you slightly little bit of affirmation that you’re doing the appropriate issues and doing the appropriate stuff off the court docket and on court docket throughout practices.”
Van de Zandschulp had by no means beforehand been contained in the World’s High 100, and he had by no means competed in qualifying at an ATP Masters 1000 occasion. At Indian Wells, he was the highest seed in qualifying and battled by to the principle draw, the place he’ll play American Marcos Giron.
“I believe it’s one thing new to deal with and I believe that goes in levels. First I had it within the Futures, going from unseeded to seeded, then within the Challengers. It’s at all times totally different the way you go right into a match,” van de Zandschulp stated. “Now it’s beginning over once more slightly bit. Taking part in in qualifying because the No. 1 seed, you’ve gotten totally different expectations than regular. I hope it’s going to be much less stress in the principle draw.”
The Dutchman admitted, “I put possibly slightly bit an excessive amount of stress on myself” to qualify for the BNP Paribas Open. However like was the case in New York, the place he misplaced the primary set in his first six matches (three qualifying and three foremost draw), he was undeterred.
Whether or not dealing with stress in a tennis match or flying over the Atlantic Ocean 5 instances in a month-and-a-half, little or no visibly bothers van de Zandschulp. The breakthrough participant simply worries concerning the practices and matches in entrance of him and giving his greatest daily.
“I’m not a man who is just too enthusiastic about stuff. I’m at all times like this,” van de Zandschulp stated. “I’m not altering now that I made the quarters on the US Open. I believe that’s factor.”