Wild says he had the happiest day of his life defeating world number 2 at Roland Garros

Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild said he had the happiest day of his life after defeating world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev at the French Open on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, who made his debut at Roland Garros, won a grueling contest 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, sending runners-up Russian home in the first round of the Grand Slam.

“It’s definitely the happiest day of my life. But the tournament isn’t over yet, I’ve worked hard to be here and I’d like to stay as long as possible,” he told a news conference.

“From day one I knew it would be a difficult match, but I knew how to play. I’ve seen him (Medvedev) play thousands of times. I just had to believe in myself and believe in the work I’ve been doing.”

Wild, who has not played in a Tour-level tournament or featured in a Grand Slam main draw since 2020, focused on the clay courts earlier this year, winning championships in Chile and Argentina.

“The French Open is a very special tournament for me. I think with so many times I’ve played here I could gain the experience I need to qualify this year and get past the first round, but I think it’s a boost. You have to make this momentum last as long as possible,” he added.

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