Sinner submits Alcaraz in duel of the future at Wimbledon
Sinner will face the winner of the duel between reigning three-time champion Novak Djokovic and Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven.
Two Americans were eliminated. Belgium’s David Goffin rallied to beat Frances Tiafoe (23rd seed) 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie (9th), who dispatched Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Norrie is the first British quarter-finalist since Andy Murray in 2017. This is the first time he has reached the third round of a Grand Slam.
Jannik Sinner beat Carlos Alcaraz in a duel between two of tennis’ greatest prospects and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time, though he needed six match balls to claim victory Sunday.
The 20-year-old Italian failed to capitalize on two match points in the third-set tiebreaker, but bounced back to win 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3 on Centre Court against Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard.
In terms of combined age, it was the most precocious singles duel in the round of eighths or beyond at Wimbledon since Boris Becker, aged 17, defeated Henri Leconte in the quarters in the quarters in 1985.
Sinner, the tenth seed, also had three balls to play with the score 5-2 in the fourth half. But Alcaraz (5th seed) conjured up all three before holding his serve.
Sinner had to lift a break ball in the next game and then capitalized on his sixth match point with a forehand.
“This is something I didn’t expect because I hadn’t been playing very well on grass,” Sinner said of his first wimbledon quarter-final.