Alcaraz and Medvedev repeat in semi-finals, Sinner out

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev are set to make repeat appearances in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Tuesday, while Daniil Medvedev defeated world number one Jannik Sinner to reach his second consecutive Wimbledon final.

Alcaraz came back from a set down to defeat Tommy Paul 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, while Medvedev stunned world number one Jannik Sinner, who suffered a health scare midway through the match, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3.

Spaniard Alcaraz, world number three and seeking his fourth Grand Slam title, was broken twice by Paul, the 12th seed, in a first set that lasted 72 minutes.

Three breaks in the third set put the Spaniard in control and he stepped up another gear in the fourth, committing just four unforced errors.

Alcaraz, who is seeking to become only the sixth man to win back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles, defeated Medvedev in straight sets in last year’s Wimbledon semifinals.

Daniil Medvedev defeated world number one Jannik Sinner in five sets on Tuesday to reach his second successive Wimbledon semi-final, holding off a brave challenge from the Italian who suffered a worrying health scare midway through the match.

Fifth-ranked Medvedev triumphed 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3 to avenge his Australian Open final loss to Sinner in January.

His four-hour victory also ended a five-match losing streak against the Italian as Medvedev reached his ninth Grand Slam semi-final.

In a tightly contested first set in which neither player conceded a break point, Medvedev took the lead in the tie-break thanks to a tense 33-stroke rally. However, he squandered a set point and his game suddenly collapsed, committing a double fault as Sinner bagged the first set.

The volatile Russian grabbed the only break of the second set in the third game and was on his way to a quarter-final tie.

Sinner lost another break at 2-1 in the third set and immediately called the tournament’s physiotherapist.

The Italian, who appeared distressed, had his blood pressure taken on the pitch before being taken off for a medical break.

After a 10-minute delay, the 22-year-old resumed play and thrilled the Centre Court crowd as he bravely fought his way to 5-5.

The Italian was undaunted, however, and managed to level the quarter-final match thanks to breaks in the third and fifth games of the fourth set. But it was Medvedev who came out the more fresh of the two players, breaking serve in the final set and heading for victory. (AFP)