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ROLAND GARROS 2023- SEYBOTH MAKES ‘BIGGEST UPSET’ EXIT DANIIL MEDVEDEV

The biggest upset of this year’s Roland Garros occurred with the exit of Russian Daniil Medvedev by 172nd ranked Seyboth Wild in a 7-6 [7-5] 6-7 [6-8] 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss.

Medvedev had arrived at the French Open in sterling form having won the Rome Open and in contention for the world number one ranking. But the 23 year-old produced brilliant play to outshine one of the previously thought favourites to win the tournament.

Seyboth Wild who is a Brazilian was quick to recover from the opening serve game to take the first set.

In the second set of the match lasting four hours 15 minutes Medvedev was found behind with Seyboth having a lead 6-4 in the tie break and obviously the Russian ‘hate’ of the clay could tell, having had to stop for treatment on a nosebleed -just serving out and took the third.

In the fourth set Seyboth Wild fought back in style, having an early break lead of 3-0 and was brilliant to force a deciding fifth set. Obviously his sterling performance capped the day with huge upset as he broke Medvedev serve three times and set up another brilliant forehand before sealing biggest career win.

The upset definitely beats many pundits’ thoughts that Medvedev might have gotten over his often feeling of ‘’hate’’ clay having won the title on clay at the Italian Open last month.

But a reverse is the evident of his performance at the Philippe Chatrier court which can be described nothing short of frustration -with the umpire, crowd massive support for the Brazilian and the shot pace of the 23 year-old whose game had clicked at the best time.

Again the windy conditions wasn’t a friend to the Russian as he battled ‘’ a mouth of clay’’,

‘’Today, because [of the] wind, dry court, I had a mouthful of clay since probably the third game of match, and I don’t like it.’’ He said, BBC quoted.

‘’ I don’t know if people like to eat clay, to have clay in their bags, their shoes, the socks, white socks, you can throw them to garbage after clay season.

‘’Maybe some people like it. I don’t.’’

Meanwhile, Seyboth Wild who has won two titles on clay and has played at second- tier Challenge circuit will face Argentina’s Guido Pela or Frenchman Quentin Halys for place in the next round.

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