Alcaraz fights back to reach Wimbledon semis, Sinner toppled by Medvedev

Current Wimbledon titleholder Carlos Alcaraz made a thrilling return to the semi-finals on Tuesday, but fans won’t witness a highly anticipated match-up with Jannik Sinner, as the world number one was taken the distance and ultimately eliminated.

Fresh from adding a third Grand Slam title to his collection at the French Open last month, Alcaraz continued his pursuit of retaining a major trophy for the first time. He solidified his place among the sport’s elite by overcoming American Tommy Paul with scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

“When I’m not playing my best tennis, I’m going to try to find solutions just to be a bit better and beat the opponent,” remarked Spaniard Alcaraz. “Sometimes it’s going to be difficult to do it but sometimes, like in these matches, I didn’t play brilliantly but I played enough just to win the match.”

Despite the absence of the much-anticipated clash between the most recent Queen’s Club champions, the encounter on Court One still showcased some spectacular shot-making before Paul’s effort to end America’s 21-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam champion came to an end.

“I am thrilled to be back in the semi-finals here and very pleased with the level at which I am playing,” mentioned Alcaraz, who was just a baby when American Andy Roddick clinched the U.S. Open title in 2003. Sinner is another young talent on the men’s tour who was strongly tipped for success at the grasscourt Grand Slam following his impressive performance at the Australian Open. A potential showdown with Alcaraz had fans buzzing with excitement after the draw. However, the 22-year-old’s hopes were dashed as he fell to fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of their Melbourne Park encounter, ending his streak of five consecutive victories over the Russian.

Brave Effort

Sinner displayed commendable resilience under the Centre Court roof despite a timeout due to illness, but the Italian couldn’t avoid a 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 defeat. “This morning, I wasn’t feeling well. I had some issues. Coupled with fatigue, it was challenging,” stated Sinner.

However, credit must be given to Daniil. He played intelligently and exhibited excellent tennis skills. That’s all there is to it… It was a challenging moment. “I tried to fight with what I had today.”

Sinner’s fellow Italian, Jasmine Paolini, was beaming with joy on the main showcourt following her commanding win against American 19th seed Emma Navarro later on Tuesday. The seventh seed breezed through a 6-2, 6-1 triumph in just 58 minutes on another rainy day at Wimbledon, earning a spot against Croatian Donna Vekic, who put an end to the remarkable journey of 123rd ranked qualifier Lulu Sun.

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Vekic had significant concerns regarding her knee’s resilience following surgery in 2021 and even contemplated retiring, but now she finds herself in her first semi-final at a Grand Slam. “Those few years were difficult,” Vekic remarked, looking back on her post-surgery phase. “Now, achieving my best result ever at a Grand Slam, I am incredibly proud of myself, of the hard work I’ve put in, and of the efforts made by my team.”

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