Sinner beats Alcaraz in a match worthy of Wimbledon Center Court

“I think what we showed today is a great level of tennis, a great attitude from both of us,” Sinner said. “There are so many other players who are playing incredible tennis. Of course, we are the two youngest at the moment. So let’s see. I don’t know what will happen in the future. I think it’s great for tennis to have new names, new players.”

It was the most unusual Wimbledon with the first number. Daniil Medvedev, who won first place, and his compatriots cannot play due to the war in Ukraine; new number 2, Alexander Zverev of Germany, out of action after major ankle surgery; and three other top turf players – Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Marin Cilic of Croatia and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain – withdrew after testing positive for coronavirus.

There were big opportunities in the draw, and of the 16 players in the fourth round of the men’s tournament, only two – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – even reached the Grand Slam singles semi-finals. Sinner will now take on Djokovic, the three-time reigning Wimbledon champion, in the quarterfinals after Djokovic defeated Tim van Rijthoven, the late-blooming wild-card Dutchman, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. , on Sunday evening.

Although Sinner was seeded 10th at Wimbledon, he had never won a match on grass on the main tour before arriving at the All England Club, but it was hard to see why as he moved around the grass and created massive punching power with his ground shots against Alcaraz. hit from different heights. Sinner was a more consistent force on Sunday, but he also often dictated the rules against one of the most explosive moves and hitters in the men’s game.

Sinner, who had lost his only previous tour-level match against Alcaraz, made him stretch and lunge and turned Alcaraz’s serve into gloves, repeatedly putting powerful retaliatory strikes against his legs and forcing him to throw half-volleys while leaning back just to stay in the game. meaning.

“For me, Yannick played incredibly well,” said Alcaraz, seeded above. 5.

The resilient Alcaraz has often been spectacular (he can’t help himself), but also irregular, repeatedly misfiring his signature shots and converting none of his seven break points, while Sinner earned four of his 12.