Wimbledon rocked by sad scenes amid huge development around de Minaur and girlfriend (2024)

riley morgan

Sports Reporter

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Daniil Medvedev has stunned Wimbledon having upset an unwell Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final to set-up a clash with reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz, while British tennis fans have been urged to get around Alex de Minaur ahead of his semi-final match. Medvedev reached the semi-final of Wimbledon last year and will once again meet the Spanish champion having taken down the in-form Sinner in a five-set thriller.

Unfortunately, Sinner admitted to feeling unwell all day leading into the match and didn't want to retire to give himself every chance of advancing. The Italian could be seen in discomfort on the bench at times as he took a time out in an attempt to regather his energy. It wasn't enough with the Russian forcing the Italian to play long points on centre court.

"I was struggling physically," Sinner said in his post-match interview. "I didn't vomit but took some time because I was dizzy quite a lot. I was still in shape to play somehow. The energy level was not consistent. It was up and down but I was never thinking about retiring.

"Take nothing away from Daniil. I think he played very smart. He played good tennis." Medvedev admitted he could tell Sinner was struggling during the match and took advantage of the drama.

"It's always tricky, because you want to play more points to make him suffer a little bit more - in a good way - and at the same time, you know that at one point he is going to say, 'OK, I can not run anymore so I'm going to go full power,'" Medvedev . "And that's what he did." Medvedev ended a five-match losing streak to the Italian to reach the semi-final. Although it doesn't get any easier for the Russian.

Medvedev's victory will now see a replay of his semi-final defeat last year against reigning champion Alcaraz. The Spaniard had a more straight-forward victory and admitted he was expecting another tough game against the Russian.

"The same semi as last year, hopefully I will get the same result," Alcaraz said ahead of his blockbuster semi-final. "But he is a really great player and has just beaten the best player right now." While one semi-final is locked in, the other is yet to be determined with de Minaur preparing for one of the biggest matches of his career.

Former #1 Daniil Medvedev beats World #1 Jannik Sinner 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 to reach back to back #Wimbledon semifinals.

4h01. Best career win on grass.

9th career Grand Slam semifinal (ties Wawrinka between the active players). 2nd in London.

MASSIVE win for Daniil. pic.twitter.com/kwmlEeDkv6

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 9, 2024

Sure, he was coming off an injury at RG, and was clearly sick today at Wimbledon, but these are two really bad losses for Sinner.
AO made us hope his issues with 5th sets were over, but clearly not…
Sad. 😔

— naturelle (@naturelle13) July 9, 2024

Katie Boulter rallies around Alex de Minaur at Wimbledon

Another quarter-final will see Novak Djokovic take on Aussie de Minaur on centre court. The 26-year-old Australian appeared to injure himself on match point in his win over Arthur Fils. De Minaur hobbled off the court and admitted he had injured his hip.

He later clarified he had "jarred" his hip and it was "a little bit 'ginger'", but added: "It's probably a little bit of a scare more than anything. I'm feeling pretty decent. I've done my recovery. I'm sure I'll be feeling great tomorrow. I'm super proud of myself to be in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. You can count on me going out there, trying my hardest and playing my heart out."

And to help the crowd get behind the Aussie, his partner and British tennis star, Katie Boulter has anointed de Minaur an 'honorary' Brit ahead of his showdown with the seven-time grand slam champion. With Boulter in his player's box, De Minaur should receive a huge proportion of the support in his Wimbledon clash against Djokovic.

My honorary Brit 🫶🏼

— Katie Boulter (@katiecboulter) July 8, 2024

De Minaur might need the support of the crowd having looked in pain after his incident against Fils. Reports suggested the Aussie did not train on his day off as he looks to recover from the incident. While he could have trained away from the practice courts, there are very few areas for the Aussie to have had a hit on without being noticed.

Immediately after his injury the Aussie tried to brush off fears it would impact his performance against Djokovic. "I'll be alright. I'll find a way," he said. "You can count on me going out there, trying my hardest and playing my heart out."

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Meanwhile, Djokovic also entered the tournament with a knee injury, but has allayed fears heading into the quarter-final clash. "The knee has been really - knock on wood - really good. It did not react negatively to those few slips that I had today," he said.

"I've been really experimenting (with movement) because of cautiousness because of the knee. The first couple rounds I was still not maybe willing to go on extreme balls and slide and make splits, but last few matches I've done it."

Wimbledon rocked by sad scenes amid huge development around de Minaur and girlfriend (2024)

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