American Christopher Eubanks headed to quarterfinals
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American Christopher Eubanks headed to quarterfinals in first Wimbledon appearance

How's that for a debut?

American Christopher Eubanks defeated No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets as he advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in his first appearance at the iconic Grand Slam event.

As ESPN Stats & Info noted, he's the final American man in contention at Wimbledon and has a chance to break a historic drought for American men's tennis.

Eubanks came back from down two sets to one in winning 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. He served for the win and put the match away on a decisive forehand off a Tsitsipas return.

The win marks several firsts for Eubanks. It's the first time he's reached the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam and also his first win against a player ranked in the five of the world rankings.

During his postgame on-court interview, Eubanks said, "I feel like I'm living a dream ... It's surreal." 

While few could have predicted Eubanks to advance to the quarterfinals, he entered the tournament on a high note having won the Mallorca Championships in his final tune-up prior to Wimbledon.

Still, for a player who had never made it past the qualifying round at Wimbledon before this year, Eubanks took a major leap this past week.

It will be the second consecutive year an American has reached the quarterfinals. Last year, Taylor Fritz made it to the quarters before losing a five-set thriller to Rafael Nadal.

Eubanks is also the first Black American to make it this far at Wimbledon since MaliVai Washington reached the finals in 1996. On what would have been tennis legend Arthur Ashe's 80th birthday, that makes Eubanks' accomplishment even more fitting.

Next up is a match with Daniil Medvedev, the No. 3 player in the world. With a win, Eubanks would become the first American since Sam Querrey in 2017 to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon. He'll probably be a longshot when the odds are released but that hasn't stopped him from making it to this point. 

Regardless of how this stunning run ends, Eubanks has already earned a legion of fans and put himself on the map as a player to watch for years to come.

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