Italian Jannik Sinner enjoyed a day to remember on his Centre Court debut as he toppled fifth seed Carlos Alcaraz,
With a barnstorming 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3 win in a battle of young-guns to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time.
On a day when Wimbledon’s most famous stage celebrated its centenary,
The two youngest players left in the men’s draw gave a glimpse of the future with some breathtaking shot-making that earned them a standing ovation from 15,000 hollering fans.
However, during the first two sets there was little indication of the spellbinding drama that would end up unfolding on Centre Court.
The highly-rated Spaniard Alcaraz, who has won a Tour-leading four titles this year, was sucked into a Sinner whirlwind as he lost seven games in a row from 1-1 in the first set.
The 19-year-old Spaniard recovered from that setback to deny Sinner two match points in the third-set tie-break before three more went begging with Alcaraz serving at 5-2 down in the fourth.
But Sinner withstood the barrage of belting winners to finally book his place in the last eight at his sixth attempt when Alcaraz rolled a forehand into the net.
Ninth seed Cameron Norrie kept the British flag flying by progressing to his maiden grand slam quarter final with a commanding 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over American Tommy Paul.
Left-hander Norrie is the only local hope surviving at the grasscourt major and for a place in Friday’s semi-finals he will meet Belgian David Goffin,
Who earlier edged American 23rd seed Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
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