Thiago Seyboth Wild after beating Daniil Medvedev: ‘It’s not magic’
Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild celebrated Tuesday’s shock win over world No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the first round of the French Open.
Wild beat Medvedev 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round.
“I watched Daniil play since I was a junior and beating him on such a court is a dream come true,” said Wild.
“I tried to use my forehand against his and it worked pretty well. I started cramping at the start of the second set, but I used my mental strength to play my best tennis.
“I just wanted to get angles, try to get to net as much as possible, try to use my forehand against his and it worked pretty well.
“I don’t really have words to describe what I felt when I won the match. I was just super happy. It definitely was the happiest day of my life.
“From the first day I knew it was going to be a tough match but I knew how to play. I have watched him play a thousand times already. I just had to believe in myself and believe in the work I have been doing. So, I had belief since the first day.
“Walking on court, I just wanted to get to the net as much as possible and use my forehand against his and it worked pretty well. I am really happy with the way I played.”
Wild has played World Tour and Challenger events in Paris previously. He achieved tournament qualification wins Antoine Bellier, Ričardas Berankis and Dominik Koepfer to reach the French Open. This victory against Medvedev is his first over a top 10 player.
“Paris is always a place I like to be, a very special tournament for me,” he added.
“I thought that with the many times I’ve played here, I could get the experience needed to qualify this year and get through the first round, but I think it’s a momentum thing.
“It’s not magic. It’s not something you do out of the blue. It’s just hard work and effort you put in every day.”
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Earlier this month, Medvedev claimed the first clay-court title of his career after beating Danish star Holger Rune in the Italian Open final.
“Honestly, I didn’t believe I could win a Masters 1,000 on clay in my career,” Medvedev said at the time.
“Usually I hated it, I hated playing on it, I didn’t feel good on it. Nothing was working.
“I don’t think I love it. I love hard court – my only love in tennis – but I definitely like clay courts much more now.
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