Daniil Medvedev got back to ranting about clay after suffering a shock French Open defeat to world No 172 Thiago Seyboth Wild. Medvedev, seeded at No 2, shockingly exited the French Open in the first round after qualifier Seyboth Wild handed the Russian a 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 2-6 6-3 6-4 loss.
Medvedev, who was very open about his dislike for clay in the past, seemed to be on much better terms with the surface during this year's clay season. But after winning his first-ever clay title at the Rome Masters, Medvedev's campaign at Roland Garros was very short-lived.
"I don't know if people like to eat clay, to have clay in their bags, in their shoes, the socks, white socks, you can throw them to garbage after clay season. Maybe some people like it. I don't," Medvedev said after the loss, via Yasmin Syed of Express-Sport.
Daniil Medvedev back to airing his grievances about clay: "I don't know if people like to eat clay, to have clay in their bags, in their shoes, the socks, white socks, you can throw them to garbage after clay season. Maybe some people like it.
I don't." — Yasmin Syed (@yasminstefsyed) May 30, 2023
Medvedev picks up a shock defeat to Seyboth Wild
After Medvedev won a clay Masters tournament, some started talking about the Russian as a legitimate French Open title contender.
But at Roland Garros, Medvedev delivered a performance that reminded of some of his defeats in the previous clay seasons. Seyboth Wild, who won three qualifying matches to earn a main draw place, said beating a player like Medvedev in one of the most iconic venues was "a dream come true." "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. 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," Seyboth Wild said after beating Medvedev.
Meanwhile, Medvedev will now turn his focus on the grass season. Medvedev is scheduled to kick off his grass season in 's-Hertogenbosch, which starts on June 12th.
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