Medvedev vence a Sinner en Wimbledon

Medvedev vence a Sinner en Wimbledon
Medvedev vence a Sinner en Wimbledon

Top-seeded Jannik Sinner fell to Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday after an up-and-down match that saw the Italian attended to by a trainer and leave the court during the third set, seemingly rally in the fourth and then falter again in the fifth.

“It’s always difficult because you want to play more points, and at the same time, you know that at any moment he’s going to say, ‘I can’t run anymore,’” said fifth-seeded Medvedev, who will face defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals for the second straight year. “And that’s what he did.”

Alcaraz, the No. 3 seed, took a little while to get going in his quarterfinal, but once he did, there was no stopping him during a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 12 Tommy Paul on Court No. 1. The 21-year-old is coming off a title at the French Open last month and is seeking his fourth Grand Slam trophy.

Sinner underwent a cardiac check before heading to the locker room. The 22-year-old returned after about 10 minutes and resumed the match, but lost the first game scoreless.

After being broken by Medvedev, the 2021 U.S. Open champion, to trail 2-1 in the third, Sinner sought medical attention and sat back in his chair on Centre Court. At one point, he rested his head on one hand as he spoke to a trainer before heading to the locker room.

During a subsequent changeover, Sinner covered his head with a towel. While he regained his usual strength, particularly with his forehand, and took the match to a fifth set, Sinner was unable to get over the line.

It was the 36th match in the edition to go to maximum sets, the most at any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era, which dates back to 1968.

Medvedev began to find the space to land more winners, compiling 13 in the final set alone, and broke for a 3-1 lead, then held for 4-1 and was on his way to returning to the semifinals and a rematch against Alcaraz.

Sinner’s exit follows that of women’s No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek in the third round.

Medvedev had lost his last five matches against Sinner, including the Australian Open final in January.

In the women’s quarterfinals, Donna Vekic reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Lulu Sun 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 and French Open runner-up Jasmine Paolini eliminated No. 19 Emma Navarro 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour.

Navarro defeated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff earlier in the tournament.

“I felt like I was dying out there, the first two sets. But I kept going, hoping to have a chance and in the end it came,” Vekic said.

She becomes only the second woman representing Croatia to reach the semi-finals at the All England Club, after Mirjana Lucic in 1999.

Serving for the second set at 5-3, Vekic hit five double faults to help Sun break, but Vekic broke back to force a deciding set that he dominated.

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