In a Wimbledon fortnight that has already produced one surprising quarterfinalist, American Christopher Eubanks made it two by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas. The first surprise was Roman Safiullin making it into the quarterfinals on Sunday. Safiullin had never played in the tournament. It is also Eubanks’s first time at Wimbledon as well.
Eubanks needed five sets to defeat the fifth-seeded Tsitsipas 3-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 6-4. If one looks at the final statistics, they are a bit misleading. Eubanks was given credit for 57 unforced errors while Tsitsipas had just 17. But it was clear Tsitsipas was making a lot more unforced errors than just 17. Tsitsipas also won more points than Eubanks, 149 to 137.
But as Eubanks said in his post-match on-court press conference, a player doesn’t need to be perfect for an entire match, they just need to perfect at certain moments of a match. Heck, Eubanks wasn’t even perfect in the final game of the match, one that Eubanks served out, as he failed to land his imposing first-serve many times and had to win the game with his forehand.
Chris Eubanks moves into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon
But just as he has all tournament, Eubanks takes the fight to his opponent. He is ultra-aggressive coming to the net and daring his opponents to try to get the ball by his 6’7″ frame. Eubanks isn’t the best player ever at the net, but he has been good enough at Wimbledon where he is a danger to anyone he plays if he continues to play at the same level he has so far.
Eubanks is also a joy to watch and the crowd rightfully gets behind the underdog. Few players smile as much as he does on the court even during stressful moments. Maybe this is because Eubanks may not have in his wildest dreams thought he would make it as far as he has at his first Wimbledon.
Next up for Eubanks is an extremely tough match against Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev was dominating Jiri Lehecka 6-4 6-2 before Lehecka had to retire with a blister on his toe.