Wimbledon: Cristian Garin offers his first Grand Slam quarter after an epic duel against Alex de Minaur

Wimbledon: Cristian Garin offers his first Grand Slam quarter after an epic duel against Alex de Minaur

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Garin, the crazy ascent

Perseverance that paid off. Very badly embarked on Monday on court number 2 where he was led two sets to nothing by the seeded 19 Alex de Minaur, Cristian Garin did not give up to finally overthrow the Australian at the end of the suspense (2-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6) after 4h34 of play. Incidentally, the Chilean saved two match points on his serve at 5-4 against him in the 5th set, before to win the super tie-break 10 points to 6. This epic victory allows him to access his first Grand Slam quarter-final during which he will face Nick Kyrgios, who beat Brandon Nakashima (4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2).

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When he couldn’t convert a break point at 5-5 in the third set, Alex de Minaur had no idea he was going to regret it bitterly. But the Australian gradually saw control of the match slip away from him against an increasingly enterprising Cristian Garin. In this duel of baseline blockers which featured more than 70 (!) exchanges of more than 9 shots – which might have seemed incongruous on grass at a certain time – the Chilean therefore had the last word. If he committed no less than 72 unforced errors (against 50), he also hit 56 winning shots (against 31).

By suddenly being much more precise at the raise in the third set tie-break, Garin changed the dynamics of the match. A fourth set entry break followed and the Chilean reset the counters. Also surprised at the start of the 5th act, De Minaur then reacted immediately to unbreak White (2-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 1-1). Back totally in the fight, the Aussie therefore thought he was doing well when he found himself at 5-4, 15/40 on the opposing service. But Garin went to save the match points forward and it was this audacity that also allowed him to better negotiate the super tie-break.

Impeccable, Fritz assists Nadal

He was the big favorite for this round of 16 and he did not shake. Taylor Fritz serenely rode Monday afternoon on Court number 1 against the surprising Australian qualifier Jason Kubler. The American only conceded eight short games against his opponent (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) in exactly two hours of play. Author of 40 winning shots (against 18 at Kubler) including 16 aces, the American dictated the rhythm of a game during which he was only broken once.

For his part, Fritz managed to seize the opposing commitment five times, including one last time on the last play of the game. While he too discovered the second week at Wimbledon, the Californian will play his first quarter-final there where he could well see Rafael Nadal stand up on the other side of the net. During their last duel, he had also dominated the Majorcan, admittedly injured in the ribs, in the final of the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

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