Chris Eubanks is knocked out of Wimbledon after quarterfinal loss to Daniil Medvedev

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Even tidal waves fizzle out eventually. For Chris Eubanks, that force of nature who brought so much light to these Championships, Daniil Medvedev was the rock which would not be moved.

But what a marvellous run. And what a magnificent quarter-final, a five-setter that was so thrilling and offered such rich possibilities until Eubanks was swallowed by the quality of the third seed and his own lactic acid.

It was awfully fun while it was lasted, and that goes as much for his adventures across four previous rounds as it did the second and third sets of this match, which went the way of this fearless swinger from the United States. 

At 2-1 up, he was flying and on the cusp of becoming only the third Wimbledon debutant in the open era to reach the semi-finals, but reality can bite hard.

He lost a tiebreak for the fourth set and then, staggering with exhaustion, he was crushed 6-1 by Medvedev in the fifth. And thus the clock struck midnight on another of those uplifting Cinderella tales that catch the eye.

Christopher Eubanks' fairytale Wimbledon run has come to an end after losing five-set thriller

Christopher Eubanks’ fairytale Wimbledon run has come to an end after losing five-set thriller

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Third seed Daniil Medvedev showed his experience to battle back from two sets to one down

Eubanks shows his frustration as he loses Wimbledon quarterfinal on Court No. 1 Wednesday

Eubanks shows his frustration as he loses Wimbledon quarterfinal on Court No. 1 Wednesday

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When it was done, the 27-year-old American formed a heart with his hands for the Court No 1 crowd and they roared him back, because this was arguably the tie of the tournament and his was the standout story.

A year ago he was 163rd in the world and had spent time working in commentary; by the time he got here was 43rd and still a total unknown beyond the borders of his sport. Folk know him now.

‘It’s been like such a whirlwind of emotions,’ he said. ‘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 quarter-final today. That’s really, really cool.”

‘These two or three weeks have been filled with positives. I didn’t win today. I’m disappointed about it. It’s unfortunate for me. But I think I showed a lot of positive signs that I can take moving forward.’

While his charge ended in brave defeat, and a new record of 317 winners in a single championship, on goes Medvedev, which of course is a different kind of narrative. It was only a year ago that athletes from Russia and Belarus were barred from this tournament, which points to the complications of these times, but there is no ambiguity about Medvedev’s level. It was sky-high for much of this match.

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The 2021 US Open champion took the opener 6-4, was blown away by Eubanks’ winners in the second and third, but rallied back in sublime fashion to tee up a last-four showdown with Carlos Alcaraz.

If there is a telling statistic within all of that, it is in his count of unforced errors: only 13 across five sets. Eubanks was shooting from the hip, but not even bullets struggle to get through a brick wall – Medvedev just kept getting the ball back. He was sublime and so was the blend of styles.

Eubanks waves to the crowd following defeat by Medvedev at the Grand Slam tournament

Eubanks waves to the crowd following defeat by Medvedev at the Grand Slam tournament

Coco Gauff was in the crowd supporting compatriot Eubanks following her early SW19 exit

Coco Gauff was in the crowd supporting compatriot Eubanks following her early SW19 exit

‘There was a moment I lost completely,’ said Medvedev, 27. ‘I started to sink and to make mistakes. I did not serve well enough and then in the third I started to find something. From the tiebreak I managed to play amazing and I am really happy about it.’

He was later asked about the ban that kept him out of Wimbledon last year. He said: ‘I was just disappointed last year that I didn’t have this opportunity to try to prove to myself that I can go far in Wimbledon, which is an iconic tournament. That’s why I was really motivated this year. I want to do well here. I want to try.

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‘It’s not going to be easy. I sometimes try to put less pressure on myself and I feel like it’s good. This time I kind of put more pressure on myself before the tournament. I was like, I have to do well here.’

Medvedev and Eubanks shake hands after an epic battle in their last-eight match at SW19

Medvedev and Eubanks shake hands after an epic battle in their last-eight match at SW19

Eubanks slumps over the net after Wimbledon journey and hopes were dashed by No. 3 seed

Eubanks slumps over the net after Wimbledon journey and hopes were dashed by No. 3 seed

Alcaraz will be a brutally tough barrier to a fifth Slam final, especially after the rigours of this test from Eubanks. No one with his name would ever succumb to an easy knockout.

That much was shown in how the American rebounded from losing the first set 6-4 after a break in the third game. 

Eubank was simply a thrilling blur in the next two, with Medvedev seemingly rattled in the third, typified by a code violation at 4-3 in the third when he flicked his racket at a loose ball and it gently hit a cameraman. The upset appeared to be on.

But the match turned when Medvedev took the fourth-set tiebreak 6-4 and three breaks in the decider turned a slog into a stroll.

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