Wimbledon quarter-finals: Alcaraz beats Paul, Medvedev sinks Sinner, Paolini routs Navarro – as it happened

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Wimbledon semi-finals.Wimbledon. It was a tough game today.

“I had to stay strong mentally after I lost the first set, I knew it is a really long match. I am happy to find the solutions.”

Wimbledon, usually I would win one or zero so this is record already.”Wimbledon is over. Illness and injury influenced him slightly but he fought back to push it to a fifth set, he just couldn’t overcome an in-form Medvedev.

Medvedev wins 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 against Sinner

Sinner smacks the net and Medvedev is three points away from the last four. The Italian then sends one long and then wins another for three match points. He slots it and he is through, an upset of sorts.

Sinner 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 3-5 Medvedev* (denotes first server)

Sinner is serving to stay in the match here and starts well, going 30-0 up. He gets to 40-0 easily and holds. Medvedev will serve for the match.

Sinner* 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 2-5 Medvedev (denotes first server)

Holding is no longer enough for Sinner, he must break Medvedev if he is to win this match. Medvedev though is in the mood to see this out and races to 30-0 lead. A delightful read sees the Russian come to the net to tap a shot in. Medvedev then holds and is one game away.

Sinner 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 2-4 Medvedev* (denotes first server)

Sinner needs to rally now if he is to remain in this set and match. He wins the first point with Medvedev’s return on serve out. And then a fantastic lob sees him 30-0 up, even more impressive considering Medvedev is 6’6!

An ace puts him 40-0 up but Medvedev whallops a forehand across court to get some daylight in this game. Sinner then holds.

Sinner* 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 1-4 Medvedev (denotes first server)

Sinner cannot return the first serve from Medvedev, who must feel he has all the momentum now. But the Italian’s next shot but bounces over the net, he does apologise to Medvedev. The Russian has suffered under the drop shot today and it is a point he loses again to see Sinner 30-15 up in this game but Medvedev levels with an ace. Sinner misses his volley again but an ‘out’ call sends it to deuce. A groan from the crowd rings around the court as Sinner hits the net, he holds his leg too after losing that – hopefully he is okay.

Medvedev had the chance to see out the game but a double fault sends to back to deuce but he soon gets advantage again. A forehand winner from Sinner though and we are back to 40-40.

If anyone is looking in my window I must look like I am really disagreeing with someone the amount I’m shaking my head side to side as we are sent back and forth to deuce. Medvedev, who looks a little tired, gets advantage for the third time but he miscues a return on a drop shot – 40-40 once more. Medvedev then eventually holds.

Elsewhere, Alcaraz has taken the second set against Paul after breaking him twice across the set.

Sinner 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 1-3 Medvedev* (denotes first server)

The first break in this set feels key, can Medvedev get the first one in this game? Well he starts well, Sinner slips and cannot return and then Medvedev hits a brilliant shot in the top right corner. A double fault gives Medvedev break point and three of them at that. Sinner saves the first with an ace and the second with a forehand winner but he hits the net with the third. Medvedev has the upper hand in this final set.

Sinner* 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 1-2 Medvedev (denotes first server)

Two double faults sees the game tied 30-30, Sinner then sends it long to give Medvedev the opportunity to hold. He does so with an ace, a bizarre service game.

Sinner 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 1-1 Medvedev* (denotes first server)

Sinner starts his service game with a point as Medvedev sends his shot long but he then hits the net. The Russian wins a further point before an ace levels it 30-30. Medvedev hits the net but then makes a pinpoint shot from his forehand in the top right corner to send the game to deuce. A lofted forehand shot gives Sinner advantage and he seals it.

On court 1, Paul leads Alcaraz 3-2 in the second set. They have broken once another once again in this set. I could see that match going five hours long.

Sinner* 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 0-1 Medvedev (*denotes next server)

Medvedev had a break off of court between sets but he is back and we are underway. The first game is on Medvedev’s serve and it’s quickly up to 15-15. A forehand winner sees Medvedev 30-15 and he adds an ace before sending a shot long. A delectable drop shot from Sinner bamboozles Medvedev and we head to deuce. An unreturnable serve gives the Russian advantage and an ace holds it.

I will of course bring you anything major from the Alcaraz v Paul match but I will be concentrating more acutely on the Sinner v Medvedev match now as we head into the deciding fifth set, score updates at the top of posts coming to keep track of this one.

Alcaraz looked slightly worried when the players had their break between sets. The first set was an absolute battle with Paul breaking Alcaraz twice and the defending champion also breaking Paul. But the American is firing on all cylinders on court 1, Alcaraz will look to hit back quickly. Paul is 1-0 up in the second set after a hold of serve.

Sinner has four points between him and winning this fourth set. An ace gives him his first, he bags two more points in quick succession and he has set point. He has two opportunities to take it and he has it on the first try.

Sinner 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2 Medvedev. And into the fifth we go.

Paul takes the first set. The first point goes to Paul with a backhand pass but the defending champ hits back with two points. Alcaraz then sends two shots long and Paul has set point. He takes it with a beautiful forehand. WOW.

Elsewhere, Medvedev held his game and Sinner will serve for the fourth set.

Now this will be interesting to see how Alcaraz handles this pressure, Paul has held once again to lead 6-5 in the first set. I’ll bring you all of those updates shortly.

On centre Sinner holds to take a 5-1 lead in the fourth.

Medvedev was shown pretending to play a violin, playing up to the crowd with the cheers with Sinner at the moment.

Sinner once again has break point, the men’s world number one is in complete control at the moment. He had two break points and Medvedev hits the net – a double break in the fourth set. Absolutely huge. Sinner leads 4-1 in the fourth.

We haven’t heard a ‘vamos’ from Alcaraz yet but I think it would be guaranteed if he takes the first set, he has just held to put the set 5-5. It was an impressive hold after Paul, who is playing some of his best tennis, went 30-15 up.

Source: theguardian.com

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