Second seed Daniil Medvedev noticed his French Open hopes finish with a shock first-round defeat to Brazilian world No 172 Thiago Seyboth Wild on Tuesday.
The qualifier ended Medvedev’s hopes of profitable a second Grand Slam ultimate with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory after 4 hours and quarter-hour.
On the court docket the place Brazilian nice Gustavo Kuerten lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires thrice, 23-year-old Seyboth Wild delighted the Philippe Chatrier crowd together with his attacking tennis.
Seyboth Wild is simply the second Brazilian male to defeat a top-two ranked opponent at a Grand Slam occasion within the Open Period after Gustavo Kuerten, who achieved it twice – Marat Safin (US Open 2002) and Roger Federer (Roland Garros 2004).
“I watched Daniil play since I used to be junior and beating him on such a court docket is a dream come true,’ Seyboth Wild stated.
“I attempted to make use of my forehand towards his and it labored fairly nicely. I began cramping at the beginning of the second set however I used my psychological power to play my greatest tennis.”
After profitable the opening set, he appeared to have blown his probability when he did not convert a 6-4 lead within the second-set tie-break and missed the simplest of overheads at hand Medvedev the set.
The Russian comfortably gained the third as nicely however former US Open Junior champion Seyboth Wild fought again brilliantly within the fourth and broke the Medvedev serve thrice within the decider to win a thriller.
Maintaining with Korda
Seyboth Wild is lowest-ranked participant to beat a world No 2 at Roland Garros since No 213 Mariano Zabaleta defeated No 2 Petr Korda in 1998 1R.
Through the contest, Medvedev grew to become more and more riled by the group, gesturing for them to be quiet, and ranted incessantly at his field earlier than departing the sector with out acknowledging the followers.
Talking afterwards, he stated: “The one factor was after I requested the umpire to test the mark. It was fairly shut, for my part. I used to be simply discussing along with her the place does she see the ball and getting booed for no matter motive. I simply informed them to close up, and that is it.”
A dedicated clayphobe in his youthful days, Medvedev has improved significantly on the floor, reaching the quarter-finals right here in 2021 and profitable his first Masters title on the purple stuff in Rome earlier this month.
That achievement positioned him firmly among the many title contenders however as a substitute, he suffered his first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam for 4 years.
“I am not going to have a look at it again on TV however my feeling was that he performed nicely. I do not suppose I performed that unhealthy, however he performed nicely,” stated Medvedev.
“His life goes to be higher if he performs like this each match. He will get extra money, extra sponsors, win massive titles. However he has to play like this. Not as soon as on the Philippe Chatrier, however quite a lot of occasions in several tournaments all around the world all year long.”
There was a tense change in Seyboth Wild’s press convention when he was requested about an ongoing authorized course of following a grievance of home abuse by an ex-girlfriend in 2021.
“I do not suppose it is a topic we must always speak about it proper right here,” stated the Brazilian. “I do not suppose it is a query you need to be making to anyone.”
Fourth seed Casper Ruud, the overwhelmed finalist final 12 months, has endured a tough season up to now however eased to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over Elias Ymer whereas Alexander Zverev gained his first match at Roland Garros because the critical ankle damage he suffered in final 12 months’s semi-final, beating Lloyd Harris 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-0) 6-1.
Sixth seed Holger Rune will fancy his probabilities of reaching the ultimate and he recovered from dropping the second set to beat American Chris Eubanks 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 whereas ninth seed Taylor Fritz raced previous Michael Mmoh 6-2 6-1 6-1.