The upset erupted at the National Bank Open on Friday.
American Tommy Paul eliminated top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the quarterfinals. A few hours after Alex de Minaur from Australia A surprise for Russia’s second-ranked Daniil Medvedev.
Paul ended the reigning Wimbledon champion’s 14-match victory streak with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory at Sobeys Stadium.
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After Alcaraz dropped the opener, he seemed to be gaining momentum after hitting the highlight reel in the second set. He returned the tennis ball with a tweener — a ball that hit between his legs with his back facing the net — so the winner could pull even at 3-3.
Alcaraz lovingly broke Paul’s heart in the next game and forced the referee. But just like he did against Alcaraz at last year’s tournament in Montreal. It was Paul who won three straight sets.
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Previously, De Minaur went on a solid 7-6(7), 7-5 and advanced to his first professional Masters 1000 semi-final.
He came back from a 2-5 deficit in the first set and trailed 1-5 in the tiebreak.
De Minaard said: “I’m a very focused person. And at no point in that game did I feel discouraged. “I know my game plan. I’m stuck with it.”
Medvedev, the 2021 Toronto NBO champion, had a problem with serving at inappropriate times on a warm afternoon. Sunny and windy at Sobeys Stadium.
The Russian served in the first set at 5-3 but lost twice at the break point. De Minaur followed up with a catch to pull.
in tie breaker Medvedev raised his fists in the air after winning a long match to take a 5-1 advantage, but De Minaur brushed it off and made three set-point saves, including one from two mistakes. take the lead 8-7
The Australian rider repented when setting up the first goal as Medvedev’s shot flew far.
In the second set, Medvedev was leading 4-3 when he lost twice at breakpoints. His seventh overall double offense came at the rendezvous.
Medvedev said he really tends to “go for” the second serve.
“There’s always a question, like maybe you’re double-crossing. But sometimes you hit[serve]well in the big moments too,” he said.
Medvedev, who won five ATP Tour titles this year. It fell to 22-4 at the Masters 1000 and 31-4 in hard court this season.
De Minar will face Spain’s Alejandro Davidovic Fokina in a titleless battle.
Davidovich Fokina withdrew in the second set of the quarterfinals for a 6-4, 6-2 win over American Mackenzie McDonald.
“He played amazing at first. Then made a small mistake. And I believe in myself more,” said Davidvich Fokina. “It gives me a lot of energy.”
World No. 18 De Minar takes this week’s No. 8 Medvedev off, No. 8 Taylor Fritz and No. 11 Cameron Norrie.
Meanwhile, the 37th-ranked Spaniard earned a win over 3rd-ranked Casper Ruud and 13th-ranked Alex Zverev.
“I think we’ve both shown that we deserve to be alongside the opponents we’ve beaten,” De Minare said. “It shows that we’re both playing great tennis. We are both playing tennis with confidence.”
Paul will face the winner in a late match between Italy’s seventh-seeded Yannick Sinner and France’s Gael Monfils.
McDonald earned a third-round victory over Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. Raonic, who was a wildcard, was the last Canadian singles player eliminated.
Play will continue until Sunday at the $7.62 million tournament.
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