Alex de Minaur suffers injury scare ahead of possible Novak Djokovic Wimbledon quarter-final

Alex de Minaur during his shock Queen's loss
Alex de Minaur comes into Wimbledon as a potential title contender.

Alex de Minaur was forced to shut down injury scare fears after a shock ending to his round four win at Wimbledon on Monday.

The Australian, seeded ninth at the Championships this year, progressed to his first quarter-final at the tournament thanks to a battling 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Arthur Fils out on Court One.

However, a moment right at the very end of the match caused huge concern for all watching – and potentially the 25-year-old himself.

Stooping low for a volley on match point – which proved to be the winning shot of the match – the Australian appeared to roll and injure his ankle.

De Minaur walked slowly to the net to shake hands with Fils, and then celebrations were mute despite one of the biggest wins of his career.

The Australian looked concerned sitting down on his player chair, staring directly at his player box – which only raised concerns for the man many considered a significant title threat at this tournament.

“I’ll be alright. I’ll find a way,” he said in his on-court interview after the match, seemingly shutting down any concerns.

However, de Minaur will likely try to get ahead of any issue as a precaution, ahead of one of the biggest matches of his career on Wednesday.

The Australian is yet to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, and his quarter-final will give him a third shot of doing so, having lost last eight matches at the 2020 US Open and 2024 French Open.

De Minaur could well face second seed and seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight, with the Serbian facing 15th seed Holger Rune on Centre Court tonight.

“I’m just excited to be in the quarter-finals, I’m just excited to have another battle, give myself a shot,” the Australian added.

“One thing you can definitely count on is me going out there, trying my hardest, and playing my heart out.”

He certainly needed to do both of those things against Fils, in a match that became more complicated than initially expected.

Up two sets and a break, it looked like the ninth seed – who reached a career-high of seventh just a few weeks ago – was cruising to victory.

However, rising French star Fils fought back and broke twice to force a decider, before de Minaur held firm in a topsy-turvy fourth set.

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