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Thiago Wild’s Epic Comeback at Rio Open Propels Him to Round of 16 – Brazil’s Only Victory of the Day

Rio de Janeiro – RJ) – In the last game this Monday at the Rio Open, Thiago Wild from Paraná saved the day for the Brazilians and was the only one to win. To achieve a positive result, he had to work up a sweat and take advantage of the crowd’s momentum, seeking a comeback against Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo, 52nd in the rankings, with the final score of 2/6, 6/4 and 6/4 in 2h15 of departure.

This was only the Wild’s second win of the season and their first in major draws. Until then, the 23-year-old player, ranked 82nd, had only won one game in the Auckland qualifiers in 2024, and was coming off eliminations in the debuts of his first two tournaments on South American clay, in Córdoba and Buenos Aires. At the Rio Open, he reaches the round of 16 for the second time, repeating his 2020 campaign.

Wild’s next opponent will be the Spaniard Jaume Munar, currently 73rd in the world, who earlier left the 8th seed, the Austrian Sebastian Ofner, along the way, with scores of 6/3 and 6/1. Munar won the three previous duels against Wild, two at challenger level in 2019 and 2021, and another in the Miami Masters 1000 qualifier in 2022.

The match started evenly, with both tennis players confirming their services without difficulty, but after 2/2, Wild lowered their level a little and ended up failing. He suffered two consecutive breaks, lost four consecutive games and thus lost the first set after 32 minutes of competition.

Wild tried to respond firmly to the series of bad games that led him to go behind on the scoreboard and opened the second half with a break in the first game and three break-points saved in the second to make it 2/0. After that, the match was balanced, with the Paraná native managing to manage the advantage until the end to tie the match.

In the third set, Brazil’s current number 1 took advantage of the fans in difficult moments, first to save a break point in the second game and then in the eighth, when he faced another break against, he had a long game and managed to confirm it.

The moment turned to the Paraná native, who in the next game achieved the break that would define the game. He then went to serve with 5/4 on the scoreboard, opened 0-40, let the first match point slip away, but not the second and achieved the victory to the delight of the fans who supported him during the 2h08 match.

2024-02-20 02:17:00
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