At the age of 19 and 11 months, Thiago Seyboth Wild was the youngest Brazilian tennis player of all time, and the first in the world born in the third millennium, to have won a major circuit title, the 2020 edition of the Santiago tournament.
Wild is also the youngest tennis player to win a clay court title in Latin America since Rafael Nadal won Acapulco in 2005 at the age of 18.
Wild climbed 69 positions, reaching a career high ranking in single ATP at No.113, becoming the second highest ranked tennis player in Brazil. In March, Seyboth Wild became the first professional tennis player to report a diagnosis of COVID-19.
He is currently under investigation for an alleged quarantine violation before receiving the test results. In a recent interview with Ubitennis, the Brazilian player spoke of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“My favorite player is definitely Rafael Nadal,” said Thiago Seyboth Wild.
“I love the way he plays and the passion he shows on the field.
When I was younger, he started his career. When I started playing tennis, he was already beating Roger Federer, already winning the Grand Slams, becoming the world number one. “
He went to the Wimbledon Finals and finally won it the following year despite Federer’s dominance, “added Seyboth Wild.” I think he really impressed me when I was younger and he’s the guy I always admired.
I like to play on clay, on fast surfaces. So I would like to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros, “joked Seyboth Wild.” Lots of people have done it before (laughs).
Why dream of winning a Challenger when you have already done so? So I dream of beating Rafa where he is invincible. “As the seeded players are based on rankings, with the first two seeded on opposite sides of the draw, 25 of Nadal and Federer’s 40 games went to the tournament final, including a historic record of nine Grand Slam finals and 12 ATP Tour Masters 1000.
Ten others were semi-finals, two were quarter-finals, with only three taking place before the last leg. In 33 of the 40 matches between Nadal and Federer, the winner of the first set won the match.
From 2006 to 2008, they played in all the finals of Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Their 2008 Wimbledon Finals have been hailed as the greatest game of all time by many longtime tennis analysts.