Paranaense overthrew the then number two in the world, Daniil Medvedev, in Paris

The Professional Tennis Players Association has selected the five biggest surprises of Grand Slam tournaments in the 2023 season. Among them is the victory of Brazilian Thiago Wild against Russian Daniil Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros.

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The Parana man was returning from qualifying, making his first main draw appearance in Paris, while Medvedev was second in the rankings and missing out on the title in Rome, Italy, his greatest achievement on clay. The score is 7/6(5) 6/7(6) 2/6 6/3 6/4.

Arriving at the match in 172nd place in the rankings, the ATP describes that the aggressive Seyboth Wild had a dream start and maintained a two-set lead of 2 sets to 0. However, after suffering cramps at the beginning of the second set, the 23-year-old youngster was unable to prevent Medvedev in tying the match and advancing in the third set shortly thereafter.

Undeterred, Seyboth Wild rediscovered their offensive game and advanced in the final two sets. After four hours and 15 minutes, he completed the comeback with a powerful forehand winner.

“I have seen Daniil play throughout my youth career, until today. Playing on this court against these types of players and beating him is a dream come true,” said the Brazilian. “Coming onto the court, I just wanted to get to the net as much as possible and use my forehand against his forehand, which worked really well.”

Seyboth Wild won four ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2023 – two on either side of Roland Garros – and reached a career-high number 74 in September, finishing the year in 79th place.

The biggest surprise chosen by the ATP was the victory of the Swiss Dominik Stricker over the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of the US Open 7/5 6/7(2) 6/7(5) 7/6(6) 6/3. The second place in the second round of the Australian Open was won by Australian Alexei Popyrin over American Taylor Fritz 6/7 (4), 7/6 (2), 6/4, 6/7 (6), 6/2. The third place went to the German Daniel Altmaier, who won over Jannik Sinner in his debut at Roland Garros, and the fourth place went to the Chinese Zhizhen Zhang, who won against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the second round of the US Open, where the Norwegian was the defending runner-up.