World No.172 Thiago Seyboth Stuns Daniil Medvedev in French Open
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was knocked out of the French Open by Brazilian amateur Thiago Seyboth Wild in the first round on Tuesday.
The No. 172 player in the world didn’t show any signs of nerves when he beat Medvedev in an exciting five-set match that took over four hours to play. He won 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 2-6 6-3 6-4.
Medvedev is not at his best on this surface, but he had just won his first clay-court title at this year’s Italian Open.
People thought he would beat Seyboth Wild, who was playing in his first Grand Slam main draw, but the Brazilian came out swinging and won the match with his strong forehand in windy circumstances.
“I’ve watched Daniil play for as long as I’ve been in junior high school, which is until today. “Beating this kind of player on this court is like a dream come true,” Seyboth Wild, who is 23 years old, said during his on-court interview.
“When I walked onto the court, all I wanted to do was get as close to the net as I could and use my forehand against him. It worked pretty well.”
Seyboth Wild won the first set, but dropped set points in the second, allowing Medvedev to gain an advantage.
The Russian went on to win the third set with ease, but he was still having trouble maintaining consistency and appeared to be getting annoyed.
The Brazilian was able to regroup and win the match against Philippe Chatrier in a thrilling deciding set by maintaining his composure.
The grinning Brazilian turned to the audience in shock after forcing match point with another devastating forehand before raising his arms in celebration.
It was fairly difficult. In the second set, I first experienced cramps. Seyboth Wild stated, “I tried my hardest and played my best tennis, and it worked. “I am very pleased with my performance.”
In the next round, he will now compete against either Guido Pella or Quentin Halys.