May 30, 2023
Daniil Medvedev can turn his thoughts to grass earlier than expected after his embarrassment at Roland Garros.
The stunned Russian came off worst in a five-set fight with an underdog qualifier. And Medvedev had no answer when it really mattered.
Thiago Seyboth Wild is the name on everyone’s lips in Paris right now.
The Brazilian qualifier seemed to feel no fear as he took out the world number two with a nonchalant confidence.
And that relaxation led to added power in a devastating forehand that crushed the favourite time and again.
Daniil Medvedev will look to come back stronger and find his best form on grass at Wimbledon 2023. Roland Garros was just a brief dream as he failed to deal with an unknown quantity.
The winner explained: ‘I came out wanting to use my forehand against his forehand and it worked very well. I found the angles. I’m very pleased with the way I played.’
It’s something of an understatement to say that Thiago’s forehand worked well. It was simply extraordinary in its lethal consistency.
And there was psychological strength to go with the technical excellence displayed in front of an appreciative French crowd.
“Thiago, Thiago,” they chanted as the temperamental Medvedev became involved in heated exchanges with his team.
Make no mistake, many players would have crumbled once the more celebrated star began to show familiar form.
Daniil Medvedev overcame an early setback to go two sets to one ahead. He must have thought his opponent would start to bow to the seemingly inevitable.
Not Thiago Seyboth Wild. His resistance was amazing. And he was raising an arm in triumph even before he delivered one more killer forehand to make certain of a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
We did warn you the first week of Roland Garros would be full of dramatic twists and turns.
Wimbledon 2023 will also provide thrills and spills as Daniil Medvedev joins Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz in the hunt for glory.
Will you be at Wimbledon 2023 as well? You’ll be in good company. Royalty and celebrities rub shoulders annually as they enjoy the action on Centre Court together.
Buy tickets for Wimbledon 2023! You’ll never forget it or regret it.