Daniil Medvedev edges ill Jannik Sinner, reaches Wimbledon semi-final

Jannik Sinner struggled physically in the Wimbledon quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Daniil Medvedev edges ill Jannik Sinner, reaches Wimbledon semi-final
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World no. 5 Daniil Medvedev reached his second consecutive Wimbledon semi-final following a thrilling win over world no. 1 Jannik Sinner. Two great rivals batted for four hours on Centre Court before the Russian prevailed 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, notching his ninth Major semi-final.

Sinner struggled physically, feeling dizzy and leaving the court in the third set for further checks. The Italian fought valiantly despite fatigue, missing two set points in the third set and failing to keep the momentum accumulated in set number four.

Thus, Sinner suffered his first loss as world no. 1, congratulating his rival and taking nothing away from Medvedev's victory. Jannik grabbed four points more than Daniil, as little separated them throughout the duel. The Italian played better behind the first and second serve, although they played against a similar number of break points.

Daniil Medvedev, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Both players secured three return games, and Medvedev made the difference with a single break in the decider. World no. 1 landed 61 winners and 45 unforced errors, leaving his opponent on a 56-46 ratio.

They battled for an hour in the opening set, with no break points and an excited tie break. Medvedev held after a deuce in the first game of the duel from 0-30, and Sinner locked them at 1-1 with a service winner in the next one.

They held at love in the next two games, staying neck and neck. Jannik sprayed a backhand error in the fifth game, allowing Daniil to move 3-2 in front. World no. 1 leveled the score at 4-4 with a service winner in game eight and served to stay in the set at 4-5.

Feeling no pressure, the Italian landed a forehand winner for a hold at love and more drama. They produced holds at 30 in games 11 and 12, introducing a tie break. Sinner played a loose forehand in the third point and found himself 3-1 behind.

Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024© Francois Nel / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Daniil Medvedev took down Jannik Sinner in five sets at Wimbledon.

Medvedev lost the advantage after a costly double fault in the fifth point, and they both served well in the next five for 5-5 and drama.

Jannik hit a double fault in the 11th point, offering Daniil a set point. The Russian played a terrible forehand, keeping his opponent in contention. Daniil placed another forehand long, offering Jannik a set point. Medvedev denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner, leveling the score at 7-7.

Sinner cracked a backhand down the line winner in the 15th point for another set point and wrapped up the opener after Medvedev's huge double fault. World no. 5 left the setback behind and made a fresh start in the second set, serving well and keeping the pressure on his opponent.

Jannik experienced issues behind the initial shot in the third game, placing a forehand wide and losing serve at 15.

Daniil Medvedev, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Russian produced a fine hold in the fourth game to cement the lead and reached more deuces on the return in the next one before the Italian held with a forced error for 2-3.

Daniil held at love in the sixth game with a service winner and generated two break chances in the next one after Jannik's double fault. The Italian saved them with winners and closed the game, remaining within one break deficit.

Medvedev held at 30 in the eighth game and served for the set at 5-4. Daniil landed an ace, sealing the deal in style and leveling the overall score after an hour and 44 minutes. Like the second set, the third started with two fine holds and problems for Jannik at 1-1.

World no. 1 netted a routine forehand, losing serve at 15 and calling for a doctor. Sinner left the court and returned seven minutes later, eager to extend the battle. Medvedev stayed focused during the break and held at love in game four to cement the lead.

Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Jannik recovered his game behind the initial shot, following the rival's pace and holding at 15 at 3-5 to prolong the action. Daniil served for the set in game ten, hoping for his 16th straight hold!

However, Sinner shifted into a higher gear and created three break chances after passing Medvedev at the net. The Italian converted the second, leveling the score at 5-5 and producing a comfortable hold in the next one for the advantage.

Daniil felt the pressure in the 12th game and offered his opponent two set points. Jannik netted a routine backhand on the second, which would cost him dearly. Medvedev held after multiple deuces and took charge in the tie break.

The Russian won all six points on serve and clinched a mini-break at 2-2. Daniil earned two set points and seized the first at 6-4 with an ace, opening two sets to one advantage after two hours and 52 minutes.

Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024© Francois Nel / Staff - Getty Images Sport

With no room for errors, the Italian raised his level in the fourth set despite physical issues.

He served well and delivered two breaks, clinching it in 25 minutes and forcing a decider. Jannik landed a drop shot winner in the third game for a break, held at 15 with an ace in the next one and made another push on the return at 3-1.

The Russian played a loose drop shot, losing serve for the second straight time and falling 4-1 behind. Sinner wrapped up the set with a hold at 15 at 5-2, forcing a decider after three hours and 16 minutes. They held after deuces at the beginning of the final set before Daniil grabbed a decisive break at 2-1 following Jannik's forehand mistake.

Medvedev cemented the lead after multiple deuces in the fifth game and served well two games later for 5-2. Daniil served for the win at 5-3 and held at love with a backhand winner, moving into his second consecutive Wimbledon semi-final.

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