Cristian Garin reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career on Monday. The Chilean was too strong for the Australian Alex De Minaur after a game of 4 hours and 34 minutes: 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
De Minaur appeared to be heading for a quick victory on lane 2, but the 23-year-old Australian gave up a 2-0 lead in sets. He even missed a match point with a score of 5-4 in the fifth set, after which a super tiebreak (to ten points) followed moments later. In it, Garín made the difference from 5-5 by taking four points in a row and then finishing it on his second match point.
It is the first time that Garín can call himself a quarter-finalist at a Grand Slam tournament. The number 43 in the world was eliminated in the fourth round by Novak Djokovic last year. De Minaur made the last eight at the US Open in 2020.
In the quarterfinals, Garín awaits a duel with compatriot Nick Kyrgios (ATP-40) or American Brandon Nakashima (ATP-56). The winner of those quarterfinals will compete against Botic van de Zandschulp or Rafael Nadal for a place in the last four.
The Dutchman and the Spaniard will play against each other on the center court on Monday evening.