Brazilian teen stunned the field in Santiago taking his first ATP title Sunday beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
The 19-year-old Seyboth Wild had just two career tour wins when he took a wildcard into Santiago. The youngster turned that chance into gold beating three seeded players including No. 1 Christian Garin and then the second-seeded Ruud today to become the first man born in the 2000s to win a title.
“He played amazing tennis all week. I can’t be too upset about my loss,” said Ruud of the Brazilian. “He proved that he deserved his wild card and took very good care of his opportunity. Even though I’m not that experienced myself, I can see that he’ll be around for many more years. Hopefully we can play many more finals together in the future.”
Seyboth Wild becomes the youngest Brazilian winner in ATP history and the youngest champion during the Golden Swing since an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed in 2005 Acapulco. He’s also the first teen to take a title since a 19-year-old Alex de Minaur at 2019 Sydney.
The 182nd-ranked Seyboth Wild will see his ranking vault into the Top 115. He’s the lowest ranked winner since Murray won Antwerp last year.
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