‘I gave everything I have’: Garin recovers from match point down to beat de Minaur, into maiden Slam quarter-final
Cristian Garin eventually overcame Alex De Minaur 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Monday. He’ll play the winner of the match between American Brandon Nakashima and Australian Nick Kyrgios in the next round
Chilean Cristian Garin reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon by rallying to beat Australian Alex De Minaur, the No 19 seed, 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Monday.
The world No 43 was 3-1 down in the third-set tiebreak and saved two match points against the man who beat him in Eastbourne a fortnight ago. Garin will play the Australian Nick Kyrgios next. It will be the first quarterfinal in Wimbledon between two unseeded players since Arnaud Clément – Rainer Schüttler in 2008.
“I gave everything I have,” he said on the court afterwards. “It was a very tough fight, it was a battle, I think Alex, he’s an incredible player, one of the best on grass. I just gave my best. In the fifth set, for him or for me, we both fought a lot in the tiebreak. I tried to be aggressive and went to the net, be aggressive with my serve as well, I think that was the key.”
Garin added: “I’ve been working hard all my life to be in this position. I’ve always said this is my favourite tournament, I love to be here in London.”
Second seed eliminated by Garin
“I just tried to play point by point, not think about the result”, Garin said during the press conference about being lead two sets to zero. “I know when you are two sets down, if you want to win, you have to play at least three hours. I tried to not think about that.”
In the previous rounds of this Wimbledon run, the Chilean won against Swede lucky loser Elias Ymer (6-3, 7-5, 6-4), French lucky loser Hugo Grenier (6-3, 6-1, 6-1) and American Jenson Brooksby, the No 29 seed (6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4).
De Minaur, ranked No 27, defeated Hugo Dellien (6-1, 6-3, 7-5), Jack Draper (5-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3) and wildcard Liam Broady (6-3, 6-4, 7-5) earlier in the tournament. A quarter final at Wimbledon would have been his second quarter in a major tournament after the US Open 2020.
Wimbledon (Grand Slam), other last 16 results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000, most recent results first):
- Botic van de Zandschulp vs. Rafael Nadal
- Jason Murray Kubler vs. Taylor Fritz: monday
- Brandon Nakashima vs. Nick Kyrgios: monday
- Novak Djokovic (1) beat Tim van Rijthoven (WC): 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
- Jannik Sinner (10) beat Carlos Alcaraz (5): 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3
- Cameron Norrie (9) beat Tommy Paul (30): 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
- David Goffin beat Frances Tiafoe (23): 7-6 (3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5