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Sam Querrey Ousts Andy Murray at Wimbledon

July 12, 2017 2:54 PM
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Sam Querrey Ousts Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Querrey, 29, became the first men’s player from the United States to reach a semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009. Roddick beat Murray in that semifinal and lost to Roger Federer in the final.

Querrey, after failing to reach a major semifinal in 41 previous attempts, has the big serve and power game necessary to excel at Wimbledon, but his best result was the quarterfinals last year after he upset Novak Djokovic, then No. 1 and the defending champion, in the third round.

Querrey will play No. 7 Marin Cilic, a former United States Open champion, who eliminated No. 16 Gilles Müller in five sets on Court No. 1.

British tennis fans had been hoping that Murray could join Johanna Konta, the highest-ranked woman from Britain, in the semifinals, and that perhaps they could even become the first man and woman from the country to reach their respective finals since 1973.

Even with his hip problem, Murray had baffled observers and opponents alike by walking with a slight limp but running as if nothing were wrong. That also seemed to be the case in the first three sets Wednesday, and his ability to run down shots is such a crucial aspect of his game.

Murray started off winning the first seven points of the match and the first two games. He even jogged from side to side of the court between points and looked rather sprightly.

But as the match progressed, and his uneven gait became more pronounced between points, it was clear he was under duress. By the final two sets, it seemed his best hope was often to call for replay challenges, few of which went in his favor. His face was contorted in obvious discomfort late in the match, including one point in the fifth set when he actually bit the knuckle on his forefinger.

Murray would not retire from the match, of course, but Querrey was merciless and smart, pushing him from corner to corner to make a bad situation worse.

The fans, despite the disappointing result, still applauded Querrey for his achievement. He smiled and waved to them when it was finally over, and Murray walked off the court, still doing his best to disguise his uncomfortable walk.


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