Querrey ends Murray’s Wimbledon reign
Originally published on 12/07/17 00:00
Sam Querrey secured the biggest win of his 11-year career as he defeated Andy Murray 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 to reach his first ever Grand Slam semi-final at the 42nd attempt.
It was an outstanding display from the attack-minded American however Murray faded as the match progressed and a lingering hip issue that has dogged him throughout the tournament contributed to his demise.
“It feels great, this is a dream come true,” beamed Querrey after becoming the first American man to reach the last four at a major since Andy Roddick in 2009. “To be in the semi-finals of Wimbledon is special. I’m going to enjoy this one [win] a little longer, and then just have an easy day tomorrow. I will do my best to get ready for the semis.”
Murray said in his post-match press conference: “The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore but I tried my best right to the end. I gave everything I had and I'm proud about that, but it's obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There was obviously an opportunity there, so I'm sad that it's over.”
Querrey finished the match in style, but he made a stuttering start to the contest. The 29-year-old dropped the first three games as he struggled with his timing and Murray gleefully took the opener.
The world no.1 was firmly in charge and some well-directed passing-shots earned him a break and a 4-3 second set lead. Murray then played three loose games – including two behind his own delivery – to gift the American parity on the scoreboard.
It was an inexplicable collapse from the top seed and he faltered once again when attempting to serve for the third set. He eventually won it in a tiebreak, but it was becoming abundantly clear that Murray was struggling physically.
The two-time champion lost purchase behind his serve and he looked in serious discomfort when forced to change direction. His groundstrokes also lost power and his opponent took full advantage.
Querrey won the fourth and fifth sets for the loss of just two games and his level of play was exceptional. Despite already having played two five-setters in the tournament, his movement was better than ever and his serve was unbreakable.
Murray’s defence of his Wimbledon title has come to an end, and his reign as the world No.1 will also end soon.
Querrey will play another last four debutant on Friday. Marin Cilic defeated Gilles Muller 3-6 7-6(6) 7-5 5-7 6-1 in an exciting duel on No.1 Court.
“It’s an amazing achievement for me,” said Cilic after his victory. “I’d been stuck at the quarter-final stage on three previous occasions and this is just amazing. It was a really close-fought battle as Gilles played great tennis today."