Wimbledon 2023: Christopher Eubanks reflects on 'whirlwind' QF run
Christopher Eubanks' dream Wimbledon debut came to an end on Wednesday, but not before the American put on one more show at the All England Club. Taking on former US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Eubanks powered to a two-sets-to-one lead but ultimately bowed out after a 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 defeat.
The 27-year-old has been the star of the fortnight with his surprise run, which included upset wins against 12th seed Cameron Norrie and fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. After seeing his nine-match win streak come to an end—a stretch that began with his first ATP Tour title triumph on the grass of Mallorca—Eubanks leaves London with his head high.
"It's been like such a whirlwind of emotions and trying my best to kind of block everything out and just focus on the match," he told the press on Wednesday evening.
"But I think this morning it did kind of sit in a little bit after I woke up, just realizing that, man, I'm getting ready to play a Grand Slam quarterfinal today. That's really, really cool. I think that was kind of the first time—even in Mallorca winning the title—that I really took a step back to realize the moment...
"But I did have about five or 10 minutes this morning in which I sat back and said, 'Wow, so many people from all over the world have been supporting me throughout this run.' "
Eubanks quickly locked back in, bringing his attention to his tactics against Medvedev, but his moment of reflection was well-deserved.
His quarterfinal gameplan was built around attacking tennis, no change from the strategy that got him to that stage to begin with. In sets two and three, he overwhelmed Medvedev with big serves and constant pressure, but the third seed took the fourth-set tiebreak before claiming victory in just under three hours.
Eubanks set a Wimbledon record with 321 winners this tournament. He will rise to a new career-high of world No. 31 in the next edition of the ATP rankings, a standing that would earn him a seed at the US Open.
Now confident in his ability to compete with—and beat—the world's best, Eubanks is more motivated than ever following his breakout Grand Slam run.
"I think it's going to encourage me to continue to enjoy the process that I've been doing, especially over the past year I would say," he reflected. "Just continue to train harder. It's super cliché, but it's like I want to continue to feel this feeling.
"If I know the work that I've been doing over the past 12 months played a part, contributed to me having the success I had here, there's no point in stopping it now. If anything, I want to do a little bit more. I want to be a little bit more diligent about the treatment I've been getting, I want to be a little more diligent about my fitness, those types of things.
"I think it just serves as motivation to continue to do the things I've been doing."
Eubanks was one of three American singles players to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals. On the women's side, fourth seed Jessica Pegula and 25th seed Madison Keys also reached that round.
Pegula was beaten by Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday, dropping a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 decision after missing out on a break point to go up 5-1 in the deciding set. She remains in search of her first major semifinal after her sixth quarterfinal showing, including five in her past seven Slam appearances.
Keys fell to second seed and reigning Australian Open champ Aryna Sabalenka, 6-2, 6-4. The defeat ended a strong grass season for the American, who won her biggest WTA title since 2019 in Eastbourne before Wimbledon.
After a long stretch of tournaments in Europe and the U.K, Keys and her compatriots will soon be back on home turf in the U.S.
"I'm always looking forward to the U.S. hard court swing," Keys said in her post-match presser. "I've had a lot of success there. It's some of my favorite tournaments. I really enjoy playing that part of the season. Really looking forward to it."
Caroline Dolehide still has more work to do at Wimbledon, having advanced to the women's doubles semifinals alongside China's Zhang Shuai. The 16th seeds, who have lost just one set in four wins, will face third seeds Elise Mertens and Storm Hunter on Friday for a place in the final.
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