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Tennis: Title contender Sinner eliminated in Wimbledon quarterfinals

The number one is out: Jannik Sinner has physical problems in the quarterfinals and has to give up his title hopes at Wimbledon.

A Wimbledon semi-final between Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner and French Open winner Carlos Alcaraz has been cancelled. World number one Sinner did not seem to be at full strength in the quarter-final against top Russian player Daniil Medvedev and was eliminated from the title race in the grass court Grand Slam tournament with a score of 7:6 (9:7), 4:6, 6:7 (4:7), 6:2, 3:6. After exactly four hours, the Italian’s exit was sealed.

Former US Open winner Medvedev will now face Spanish defending champion Carlos Alcaraz or Tommy Paul from the USA in the semifinals on Friday in southwest London.

Sinner takes a break

In the round of the best eight, the duel between Sinner and Medvedev on Centre Court under a closed roof was a repeat of the Australian Open final from the beginning of the season. The number one seed appeared to be feeling unwell. At the start of the third set, he called the physiotherapist after losing his serve and left the court for a medical timeout. More than ten minutes passed before the match continued.

The 22-year-old then tried to keep the rallies short and annoyed the six-year-older Russian with drop shots. At the end of the third set, the top seed came back and equalized at 5:5, but lost the third set in the tiebreak. In the fifth set, the break to 1:3 was the preliminary decision.

In the final in Melbourne at the end of January, Sinner turned a 0-2 set deficit against Medvedev in his first Grand Slam final and celebrated his first Grand Slam triumph. During the French Open, the South Tyrolean rose to become the new number one in the world, replacing the Serbian record Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic. He won his first tournament as world number one on grass in Halle, Westphalia.

At Wimbledon, Sinner defeated Yannick Hanfmann from Karlsruhe in the first round. Medvedev was too strong for Jan-Lennard Struff from Sauerland in the third round.

Source: Stern

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