Cristian Garin of Chile defeated Australian Alex de Minaur on Monday in a thrilling five-set slugfest, coming back from two sets and 3-0 down and saving two match points in the process to advance to his first grand slam quarterfinal.
After four hours and 34 minutes of outstanding tennis that drew a standing ovation from Wimbledon’s packed Number Two Court, Garin ultimately prevailed 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6(6).
A crowd-pleasing scattering of stylish drop shots and volleys were interspersed among the two men’s brutally accurate groundstrokes and lung-busting attempts to reach each other as they pounded at each other from beginning to end.
The supremely athletic De Minaur won the first two sets and had a 3-0 lead in the third, but Garin fought back, saved two match points at 4-5 in the fifth, and then triumphed in the new “first to 10” final-set tiebreak to advance to the round of 16, where he will face Nick Kyrgios.
It was an extremely difficult battle, but I gave it everything I had “Garin remarked. “I’m worn out. I simply gave it my all, got to the net, and made an effort to serve aggressively as well — I believe that was the key.