Jannik Sinner follows Carlos Alcaraz into Wimbledon QF

Jannik Sinner will play in the last eight at Wimbledon for the third straight year

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner follows Carlos Alcaraz into Wimbledon QF
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World no. 1 Jannik Sinner made his third consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final, joining his great rival Carlos Alcaraz in the final eight. Jannik faced Ben Shelton in the fourth round and scored a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 triumph in two hours and nine minutes.

Thus, the world's best player earned his 42nd victory from 45 encounters in 2024, celebrating his 16th win at Majors this season. Shelton made a slow start and fought better in sets two and three. A left-hander forged a 4-1 advantage in the third set and created four set points in the closing stages.

Ben squandered them and allowed Sinner to seal the deal in straight sets and remain on the title course. The Italian defended the first and second serve nicely, dropping 23 points in his games and losing serve once from only two chances offered to his opponent.

Jannik landed the same number of winners and unforced errors, turning 39% of the return points into four breaks from six chances.

Jannik Sinner & Ben Shelton, Wimbledon 2024© Adam Pretty / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Ben fired an ace in the first game of the match, and Jannik responded with a forehand winner in game two for 1-1.

Sinner created a break chance in the third game, and Shelton denied it with a forced error, bypassing an early setback and moving 2-1 in front. World no. 1 closed the fourth game at love with a smash winner and earned a break chance in the next one after a crafty return.

A left-hander sprayed a forehand error, losing serve and falling 3-2 behind. Sinner cemented the break with another comfortable hold in game six before pressuring his rival on the return again in the next one. Shelton sprayed a couple of errors, getting broken for the second time and falling 5-2 behind.

Jannik served for the set in game eight and landed a service winner, producing his third hold at love and wrapping up the first part of the duel 6-1 in 29 minutes.

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Jannik Sinner defeated Ben Shelton in the Wimbledon fourth round.

Ben netted a routine forehand in the first game of the second set and suffered the third consecutive break following a wayward backhand.

Sinner dropped two points in the second game, more than in the entire opening set on serve, but closed it with an ace, cementing the break and opening a 2-0 gap. They served well in the upcoming games, with the American raising his level and matching the pace of world no.

1. Sinner dominated the shortest rallies, but that changed in Shelton's games, with the lower-ranked player matching the pace of his mighty opponent. A left-hander cracked an ace in the third game, moving 2-1 in front and looking better than in the opener.

Still, the Italian stayed untroubled behind the initial shot, holding at 15 in game four and opening a 3-1 lead. Ben responded with booming serves in game five before world no. 1 clinched the next one with a service winner, keeping everything under control.

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Shelton clinched a hold at love in game seven, hoping for some chance on the return. Instead, Jannik cracked a forehand down the line winner in the eighth game and wrapped it up with a smash winner, moving 5-3 in front and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set.

The American trailed 30-15 in the ninth game before taking three points, closing it with a service winner and extending the battle. Sinner stayed composed and produced a hold at 30 at 5-4, forging a 6-2, 6-4 advantage after an hour and six minutes and moving closer to the finish line.

The Italian lost the pace behind the first serve a bit in the third set and sprayed almost 20 unforced errors. However, he overcame the deficit and kept his composure in the pivotal moments. Shelton endured a baseline rally in the first game and held at 30.

Sinner played his first loose service game of the duel in the next one, spraying a forehand error and offering his opponent a break chance.

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Ben kept his backhand safe and clinched an extended exchange following Jannik's fundamental error, delivering a break and moving in front for the first time.

The American held at 15 in the third game, cementing the advantage and embracing another fine hold two games later for 4-1. Sinner held at 15 in the sixth game and launched his comeback on the return in the next one. World no.

1 drew the rival's mistake and generated three break points. Sinner clinched a break at 15, erasing the deficit and locking the result at 4-4 following a forehand drive-volley winner a few minutes later. Ben left that setback behind and served well in games nine and 11, moving 6-5 in front and keeping the pressure on Jannik.

The Italian sprayed mistakes from his forehand wing in the 12th game and faced a set point.

Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Sinner denied it with a service winner and closed the game to introduce a tie break.

Shelton leveled the score at 2-2 with a forehand drive-volley winner before losing a point on serve after a careless forehand. Jannik forged a 5-2 advantage before dropping four straight points, allowing Ben to create a set point with a forehand down the line winner.

The American played a wild forehand and ruined his chances. Sinner saved another set point at 6-7 before Shelton denied a match point at 7-8 with an ace down the T line. Ben generated the fourth set point with a forehand winner and squandered it after another baseline mistake.

The Italian landed a service winner for 10-9 and the second match point, converting it after the American's double fault and moving into the last eight.

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