Roland Garros | Medvedev, number 2 in the world, says goodbye to Roland Garros in his debut

Is called Thiago Seyboth Wild, is the 172 in the world, and this Tuesday it has been announced that Daniil Medvedev, world number 1, has been eliminated for 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3 y 6-4, in a spectacular battle of 4 hours and 17 minutes. A hard blow for the Russian tennis player who arrived at Roland Garros after winning the title in Rome and had won 5 titles this season.

It might seem that Medvedev was going to have a placid debut at Roland Garros like Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic did. Seyboth Wild, 23, born in Rondon (Parana), should not complicate his life, but he ended up turning it into an ordeal.

From the first point in play Seyboth Wild He gave Medvedev a warning when he came back from 2-0 down to win the first set in the tie break (7-5). Not only that. In the second he also forced the ‘tie break’ and was two balls (6-4) away from taking it too, before Medvedev avoided disaster by winning four points in a row.

The Brazilian surprised with his aggressive, courageous game and a powerful forehand that overwhelmed the Russian tennis player, time and time again. Medvedev He recovered his sensations to win the third set (6-2), but in the last two he lost control of the court again, against an opponent who seemed to be number two in the world and not him.

“I went out on track ready to give my best. I wanted to push his right hand all the time and I think it turned out well,” he said happily. Seyboth Wild US Open junior champion in 2018 who played the 44th match of the year, all on clay, but the first at Roland Garros where he earned a place in the previous phase.

trap match

The Brazilian tennis player, with a forehand reminiscent of the retired Roger Federer, an effective serve and great mobility on the court drove Medvedev crazy, unable to find solutions. Medvedev’s serve (14 double faults) and five services lost in the last two sets, where the match broke up with attacks and counterattacks that raised the stands of Philippe Chatrier, became an impossible slab to lift against the Brazilian tennis player who he closed the match with 46 winners, the last one an impossible-to-return down-the-line right hand.

Medvedev’s illusions of fighting for the title at Roland Garros vanished in a trap match. If the Russian was apprehensive about the ground, it will be hard for him to forget this Tuesday’s defeat.

2023-05-30 16:44:14
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