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Wimbledon 2024: Fans shocked by shocking scenes as girlfriend triggers stunning act against Alex de Minaur

Wimbledon 2024: Fans shocked by shocking scenes as girlfriend triggers stunning act against Alex de Minaur

Daniil Medvedev surprised Wimbledon by defeating the ailing Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals, setting up a duel with reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz, while the Briton tennis Fans were asked to move Alex de Minaur ahead of his semifinal match. Medvedev reached the semifinals of Wimbledon last year and will face the Spanish champion again after defeating the in-form Sinner in a five-set thriller.

Unfortunately, Sinner admitted to feeling unwell all day before the match and refused to give up to ensure he had every chance of progressing. The Italian sat uncomfortably on the bench at times as he took a time-out to regain his energy. It wasn’t enough as the Russian forced the Italian to play long points on Centre Court.

Jannik Sinner (pictured center) was eliminated from Wimbledon in five sets after an illness, while British tennis star Katie Boulter (pictured left) called on the British to support her partner Alex de Minaur (pictured right). (Getty Images)Jannik Sinner (pictured center) was eliminated from Wimbledon in five sets after an illness, while British tennis star Katie Boulter (pictured left) called on the British to support her partner Alex de Minaur (pictured right). (Getty Images)

Jannik Sinner (pictured center) was eliminated from Wimbledon in five sets after an illness, while British tennis star Katie Boulter (pictured left) called on the British to support her partner Alex de Minaur (pictured right). (Getty Images)

“I was struggling physically,” Sinner said in his post-match interview. “I didn’t throw up, but it took a while because I was pretty dizzy. I was still kind of in shape to play. My energy level wasn’t consistent. It went up and down, but I never thought about giving up.”

“You can’t take Daniil down. I think he played very smartly. He played good tennis.” Medvedev admitted that he noticed Sinner was having problems during the match and he took advantage of the drama.

“It’s always tricky because you want to score more points to make him suffer a little more – in a good way – and at the same time you know that at some point he’s going to say: ‘OK, I can’t run anymore, so I’m going to go full throttle,'” said Medvedev. “And that’s what he did.” Medvedev ended a five-game losing streak against the Italian and reached the semifinals. But it won’t be any easier for the Russian.

Medvedev’s victory will now be a repeat of his semifinal loss last year to reigning champion Alcaraz. The Spaniard had an easier win and admitted he expected another tough match against the Russian.

“Same semi-final as last year, hopefully I get the same result,” said Alcaraz ahead of his spectacular semi-final. “But he’s a really great player and he just beat the best player.” While one semi-final is already decided, the other is yet to be decided as de Minaur prepares for one of the biggest matches of his career.

In another quarter-final, Novak Djokovic will face Australian de Minaur on Centre Court. The 26-year-old Australian appeared to have injured himself on match point during his victory over Arthur Fils. De Minaur limped off the court and admitted that he had injured his knee.

He later clarified that he had “dislocated” his hip and that it was “a little ‘red'”, but added: “It’s probably more of a little scare than anything else. I’m fine. I’ve recovered. I’m sure I’ll be fine tomorrow. I’m super proud of myself for being in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. You can count on me to go out there and do my best and play with all my heart.”

And to support the crowd, his partner and British tennis star Katie Boulter has named de Minaur an “honorary Brit” ahead of his showdown with the seven-time Grand Slam champion. With Boulter in his box, de Minaur is likely to receive much of the support in his Wimbledon clash against the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

De Minaur may need the support of the crowd as he appears to be in pain after injuring his knee against Fils. The Australian reportedly did not train on his day off as he needs to recover from the incident. While he could have trained away from the practice areas, there are few areas where the Australian could have been hit without it being noticed.

Immediately after his injury, the Australian tried to shake off fears that his performance against Djokovic would suffer. “I’ll be fine. I’ll find a way,” he said. “You can count on me to go out there, do my best and play with all my heart.”

Katie Boulter and Alex de Minaur pose for a photo.Katie Boulter and Alex de Minaur pose for a photo.

Katie Boulter (pictured left) has called on the British public to support Alex de Minaur (pictured right).

Djokovic also started the tournament with a knee injury, but was able to allay his fears before the quarterfinals. “My knee was really – touch wood – really good. It didn’t react negatively to the few slips I had today,” he said.

“I’ve really been experimenting (with moves) because I’ve been cautious about the knee. In the first few rounds, I might not have been ready to take extreme balls, slide and do splits, but in the last few games, I’ve been doing it.”