Wimbledon: Frances Tiafoe falls, Chris Eubanks only American left

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On Sunday, top-ranked American Frances Tiafoe fell to 21-seed Grigor Dimitrov. This leaves only Chris Eubanks as the only American man remaining at Wimbledon. Basically, if you are a betting person and had all your money on Chris Eubanks being the last American man left in the tournament, go collect your large winnings.

Tiafoe, on the other hand, got absolutely destroyed by Dimitrov. Dimitrov actually looks much more like his late-2010s form than anything of recent note. He hasn’t won a title since 2017. Still, he has the perfect game for tennis with a huge serve and renewed health to be able to move around well enough.

Dimitrov’s serve dominated Tiafoe on Sunday and the Bulgarian beat the American easily, 6-2 6-3 6-2. Dimitrov had 13 aces and won 38 of his 42 first-serve points. Tiafoe struggled with his serve and was broken five times. Dimitrov never faced a break point.

Tiafoe is out at Wimbledon leaving only Chris Eubanks as the American man left playing

And if Dimitrov continues to play as well as he has through the Wimbledon fortnight so far, he has a chance to defeat anyone. Possibly even Novak Djokovic. But Dimitrov may have to get by Carlos Alcaraz next if Alcaraz can win his match against Matteo Berrettini.

Meanwhile, the last American left, Eubanks, has the day off before facing fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday. Eubanks is in the proverbial zone with his serve currently and playing better than he ever has before. But he will need to keep playing just as well, and he can’t suffer any service game losses, to defeat Tsitsipas.

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Eubanks doesn’t yet have the game to beat Tsitsipas if the match gets into long rallies, especially when Eubanks is serving. That said, who thought Eubanks would have ever made it this far? Other than Chris Eubanks, of course.