Sam Querrey is first American man in a Wimbledon semifinal since 2009
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:30
Three-time victor Djokovic also exited the tournament as he retired hurt when trailing 7-6, 2-0 to 2010 finalist Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Novak Djokovic retired with an injury from his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, putting Tomas Berdych into the semifinals. "I don't think anyone has ever stayed at number one their whole career". Djokovic needed treatment on the area around his elbow at the end of the first set and was already dealing with a long-term right shoulder problem. The Center Court is then slated to hold the match between Roger Federer and Canadian Novak Milos Raonic.
Raonic, the runner-up to Murray previous year, is bidding to make the semi-finals for the third time.
The world number one was unable to replicate Konta's success on Centre Court yesterday losing 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6. Murray won the tournament in 2016, only to be knocked out in 2017 by Querrey. That left Federer as the only member of the sport's so-called Big 4 still standing: In addition to the exits for Murray and Djokovic, Rafa Nadal lost in the fourth round.
The World No.1 will enter the match as the overwhelming favourite and will benefit from his straight sets victories, in comparison to Querrey who has experienced some drawn-out matches so far. Court 1 will be the host of the game between Gilles Muller and Marin Cilic.
Both players impacted this turn of events, as Querrey entered his red-hot mode seen against Djokovic last year and Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final earlier this year, while Murray's balky hip finally was too much to overcome.
The American had taken almost 10 hours, 14 sets and four tie-breaks to get to the quarters; it had detained Murray eight hours 20 minutes for the loss of a single set - but the numbers and running score disguised a disturbing truth.
Querrey, competing in his 42nd Grand Slam, lost the first set but recovered to claim the second after breaking the Briton's serve twice in a row.
Murray, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has been limping over the last couple of sets.
Querrey is playing in his third consecutive five-set match at Wimbledon. "This year, the way he played in Australia was pretty incredible - after six months out he can flick a switch and start lighting it up again", Hewitt said of Federer's title run in Melbourne in January.
EPA/WILL OLIVERAndy Murray of Britain in action against Sam Querrey of the U.S. during their quarter final match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 12 July 2017. The Swiss, 35, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian who knocked him out at the semi-final stage a year ago. The development means that Wimbledon 2017 will feature a first-time finalist.
Andy Murray's Wimbledon title defence is over after the world No. 1 suffered a shock quarterfinal defeat to Sam Querrey on Wednesday.