Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor took advantage of the crowd support to turn the game around and beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 in the final of the ATP-250 tournament on ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands on Sunday.
Griekspoor (38th player in the world), the last seed still in contention (N.6), had to fight 2 hours and 37 minutes to defeat the 103rd player in the world after losing the first round.
Thompson stood up to the local stage until the end of the second set, won in the tie-break, before letting the meeting escape him in the third.
The Australian delivered a convincing week in the Netherlands, getting rid of Canadian Milos Raonic and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, semi-finalist last year and winner in 2019.
Thompson beat Griekspoor in their previous encounter in a Davis Cup tie last year on hard court.
Griekspoor, 26, had risen to prominence on the Challenger circuit in 2021 by winning eight titles in a single season, a record. He was looking for a second title after his victory earlier this year in Pune, India.