Second-Seeded Medvedev Stunned In First Round Of 2023 Roland Garros

Second-Seeded Medvedev Stunned In First Round Of 2023 Roland Garros

by Zachary Wimer

Daniil Medvedev lost already in the first round of the 2023 Roland Garros to an inspired Thiago Seyboth Final.

Only a few months ago, no one would consider the Russian as one of the favourites on the clay-court Grand Slam. After playing at the Roland Garros for the first time in 2017, Medvedev didn't win a match on the Parisian clay until 2021 and holds the worst win-loss record in France out of all of the Grand Slam tournaments.

However, over the past couple of months, things changed a bit. He played well in Monte Carlo and Madrid, and the biggest shock came in Rome where Medvedev reached his first ATP 1000 final on clay and even took it a step further, beating Holger Rune in the final and winning the title.

Therefore, the world no. 2 was in the discussion among possible favourites for the Roland Garros and he was also one of the four players that could reach the world no. 1 spot after the tournament. Now, that number is only three after the 27-year-old surprisingly lost in the first round.

He took on Thiago Seyboth Wild, a 23-year-old player from Brazil, ranked 172nd on the ATP Tour. The Brazilian fought through the qualifying and in the first-round match on Court Philippe-Chatrier, he could rely on the support from the crowd as they god behind the underdog.

Seyboth Wild started his upset quest already in the first set. Despite being down by a break, he broke back and took the set into a tie-break. In a tie-break, he was the better player and used his third set point to win it 7-5.

But the Russian fought back when he took also the second set into a tie-break. He was down 4-6 once again, but this time, he was able to win four consecutive points to win the second set 8-6.

Medvedev continued his charge also in the third set. Both players broke early on as the score was tied at 2-2, but the second seed then won four consecutive games to win the third set 6-2 and calm his fans.

But things got more difficult for him as the match progressed. Seyboth Wild was able to play another incredible set, winning the fourth set 6-3 and making sure that fans in Paris will see all five sets played on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The decider was filled with breaks. Both players broke back and forth multiple times, but eventually, Seyboth Wild was better when it mattered and secured the win, beating Medvedev 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.


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