Second seed Daniil Medvedev was stunned by qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild in the first round of the 2023 French Open on Tuesday. The Russian struggled against the windy conditions and Seyboth Wild's formidable forehand in a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
Medvedev arrived at Roland Garros in good form, having won his first title on clay at the Masters 1000 in Rome. However, Seyboth Wild took advantage of Medvedev's inconsistency to book his first Grand Slam second-round spot.
Several tennis fans reacted to the shocking result on social media. One user ironically stated that they loved how everyone had hyped up Daniil Medvedev after his title in Rome and that they would be rooting for Thiago Seyboth Wild throughout the tournament just for pulling off this upset.
"I love how everyone hyped him up just to get knocked out in R1. Absolutely love it! I’ll be supporting this bloke the entire tournament because of this," the user wrote.
Another user sarcastically suggested that the Russian's triumph in Rome was a deliberate move to disrupt the Roland Garros draw.
"Medvedev really won Rome just to screw over the Roland Garros draw and said my job here is done," the user tweeted.
Another account was upset by Daniil Medvedev's defeat, writing:
"What??? Rome gave me hopes for nothing. 15 DFs and that too against a man who hasn't won a tour level match in more than an year, he was clearly not feeling it."
Here are a few more reactions from tennis fans:
"Beating him is a dream come true" - Thiago Seyboth Wild after defeating Daniil Medvedev
Thiago Seyboth Wild expressed his elation after defeating Daniil Medvedev, calling it a dream come true to play against such a skilled opponent. He revealed that his strategy was predicated on approaching the net frequently and utilizing his powerful forehand against the Russian, which ultimately proved successful.
"I have watched Daniil play for my entire junior career, up until today. Playing on this court against this kind of player and beating him is a dream come true," Seyboth Wild said. "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."
The Brazilian then acknowledged the challenge he faced in the form of cramps during the second set. However, he also expressed his happiness with his overall performance.
"It was pretty tough. I started cramping in the second set. I did my best and tried to play my best tennis and it worked," Seyboth Wild said. "I am really happy with the way I played."