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LONDON: Defending champions Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev will repeat their Wimbledon semi-final run on Tuesday after Donna Vekic snapped the magical streak of New Zealand qualifier Lulu Sun.

Alcaraz recovered from a set loss to beat Tommy Paul 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, while Medvedev surprised world number 1 Jannik Sinner, who suffered a health problem midway through the match, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3.

Vekic beat Sun 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to her first Grand Slam semifinal. She will face Italian Jasmine Paolini, who beat Emma Navarro 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Third-ranked Spanish tennis player Alcaraz, seeking his fourth Grand Slam title, was broken twice by 12th-seeded Paul in a 72-minute first set.

Paul took a two-game lead in the second set, but Alcaraz equalized.

Three breaks in the third set gave the Spaniard the advantage and he shifted into high gear in the fourth, committing only four unforced errors.

Alcaraz, who is trying to become just the sixth player to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles in a row, beat Medvedev in three sets in last year’s Wimbledon semifinals.

“I hope I can achieve the same result,” he said.

“But he won against Jannik Sinner, the best player at the moment, so I know he’s in really good shape.”

Fifth-ranked Medvedev avenged Sinner’s defeat in the Australian Open final by winning the quarterfinals after four hours.

The 28-year-old Medvedev will be playing in his ninth Grand Slam semifinal.

Sinner, a 2023 semifinalist, needed medical attention early in the third set as he appeared dazed and had difficulty keeping his balance.

His blood pressure was measured before the medical timeout.

“It’s always difficult because you want to score more points, to make him suffer a little more, but in a good way,” Medvedev said.

In a tight first set in which neither player conceded a break point, Medvedev took the lead in the tie-break with a thrilling 33-point rally.

But he wasted a set point and his game suddenly fell apart when Sinner double-faulted to send the opener into the basket.

The temperamental Russian evened the score in the quarter-finals before Sinner called in the tournament physiotherapist after losing a break in the third set.

After a 10-minute delay, the 22-year-old resumed play and delighted the Centre Court crowd by bravely equalising at 5-5.

He then wasted two set points, allowing Medvedev to win the tie-break.

The Italian, however, was not intimidated and equalised in the quarter-finals before Medvedev refused to give up, breaking the score in the fourth game of the last set.

“I didn’t feel great. I didn’t throw up, but it took a while because I was dizzy,” Sinner said.

Vekic reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time on his 43rd attempt.

“I felt like I was dying in the first two sets, but I just kept going, hoping for a chance and eventually I got it,” said the 28-year-old tennis player ranked 37th in the world.

Sun, ranked 123rd in the world, was playing her eighth tournament match, including qualifying, in two weeks, and the strain was finally taking its toll.

“Maybe if I could have moved faster, maybe if I hadn’t had the cramps, who knows what would have happened,” said Sun, who is moving into the top 60 with her run at the All England Club.

Seventh-ranked Italian Paolini, runner-up at the French Open last month, needed just 57 minutes to beat Navarro, who had beaten second-ranked Coco Gauff in the final round.

The 28-year-old, who had not won a major tour match on grass until this year, scored 19 points to her opponent’s six.

“It’s a dream come true to be here, in this position, to reach the semi-finals,” said Paolini, the first Italian in the Open era to reach the best four tournaments.

The remaining quarter-finals of the tournament will take place on Wednesday, with seven-time champion Novak Djokovic set to face Alex de Minaur and Taylor Fritz set to face Lorenzo Musetti.

In the women’s bracket, 2022 champion Jelena Rybakina will face Elina Svitolina, while Jelena Ostapenko and Barbora Krejcikova will face off in a duel of former French Open champions.

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