On Court One, under a closed roof, Daniil Medvedev the third seed at this year’s Championships, rallied past Christopher Eubanks 6-4 1-6 4-6 7-6(4) 6-1 to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal in just under three hours.
There was a moment in the match where I completely lost the game itself. I started to sink, make a lot of mistakes Daniil Medvedev
After dropping the first, Eubanks got into high gear ripping the ball from the backcourt, even hitting winners off the backhand leaving the Russian an on-court spectator as the American, the surprise of this year’s tournament, played flawless tennis to take the lead and a major step towards the semi-final.
However, that possibility was delayed in the fourth set, as Medvedev began to finally make inroads into the Eubanks serve though he just couldn’t quite make that final push through until the tie-break, where he manged to level the score line.
In the decider it was Medvedev who gained control early as his 27-year-old, 6’7” opponent from Atlanta, Georgia, started to flag, breaking Eubanks twice to see the Russian through to the last four.
“After the opening set, I didn’t want the match to go to five,” Medvedev said. “After the third set I certainly wanted to go to five. There was a moment in the match where I completely lost the game itself. I started to sink, make a lot of mistakes.
“But in the third I built something, and it helped me just be there in the fourth. From the tie-break I played amazing and I’m really happy about it.”
Whilst Eubanks may have lost, he departed with the crowd applauding him all the way after providing his country with their best men’s performance of The Championships.
The lanky American was unsuccessful in the qualifying competition for the past four years and was seriously contemplating a major career change after becoming a tennis pundit on the Tennis Channel to supplement his income.
With this run and having pocketed the Mallorca title the week before Wimbledon, he has established himself well into the top 50 and become a player to hopefully avoid in any future draw.
“This has changed how I see my career,” Eubanks admitted. “I believe more in my ability to contend with the best players in the world. I’ve seen how I can frustrate and disrupt them. I want to continue this feeling.
“I’m more than OK with my effort today. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever experienced. The crowd behind me was very cool and made it very memorable. It just didn’t go my way. Daniil raised his level. That’s why he is who he is. There’s only one winner. That’s tennis.”
Medvedev will now face Carlos Alcaraz on Friday for a place in the final with both having secured wins over each other in their only two previous meetings with Medvedev securing his at Wimbledon in 2021.
“It’s interesting to play someone like Carlos. He is an amazing, amazing player. What he continues to do is just unbelievable. He doesn’t stop. I don’t think he will,” Medvedev said. “But I’ve played a lot of great players in my career. I managed to win many times. So I’m going to try to do my best. If I show my best, I’ll have my chances.”
Meanwhile, Alcaraz said of Medvedev: “He’s playing great here on grass He has had a great, great year as well. I lost the first match we played here on grass. So I have to learn about it.
“He’s a really complete player. I think Rublev said a few times, he’s an octopus. He’s an amazing athlete.”
The semi-final line-up, which also features the defending champion Novak Djokovic, aged 36 and the 21-year-old Yannik Sinner, eighth seed, in the bottom half of the draw, should provide the lucky ticket-holders on Centre Court with one of the best tennis line-ups in recent years.