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Alcaraz prepares for Wimbledon semi-finals against Medvedev

LONDON — Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev prepared for a repeat of their Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday when Donna Vekic ended New Zealander Lulu Sun’s magical run.

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.

Vekic rallied to defeat Sun 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 and reach her first Grand Slam semifinal, where she will face Italian Jasmine Paolini, who beat Emma Navarro 6-2, 6-1.

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.

Paul took a two-game lead in the second set before Alcaraz leveled the score again.

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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.

“I hope to get the same result,” he said.

“But he won against Jannik Sinner, the best player at the moment, so I know he is in very good shape.”

Fifth-ranked Medvedev avenged his Australian Open final loss to Sinner in a four-hour quarter-final victory.

Medvedev, 28, will be playing in his ninth Grand Slam semi-final.

Sinner, a 2023 semifinalist, needed medical treatment early in the third set because he appeared dazed and unsteady on his feet.

His blood pressure was taken before he underwent a medical break.

“It’s always difficult because you want to play more points to make him suffer a little bit more, but in a good way,” Medvedev said.

In a tight first set in which neither player conceded a break point, Medvedev took the lead in the tie-break thanks to a grueling 33-shot rally.

However, he squandered a set point and his game suddenly collapsed, double-faulting as Sinner took the first set.

The volatile Russian levelled the score in the quarter-finals before Sinner called in the tournament physiotherapist after losing a break in the third set.

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.

He then squandered two set points, allowing Medvedev to win the tie-break.

The Italian was undaunted, however, and levelled the quarter-final result before Medvedev was the fresher of the two players, breaking in the fourth game of the final set on his way to victory.

“I wasn’t feeling very well. I didn’t throw up, but I stopped for a bit because I was quite dizzy,” Sinner said. AFP