LONDON — Andy Murray’s Wimbledon title defence is over after the world No. 1 suffered a shock quarterfinal defeat to Sam Querrey on Wednesday.
A clearly hampered Murray fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 to the American in a five-set thriller on Centre Court to bow out of the London Grand Slam. Querrey will meet Marin Cilic in a semifinal on Friday.
“I’m really proud. It’s an exciting moment,” Querrey said. “Not many people get to play tennis professionally, let alone play at Wimbledon, play on Centre Court, play against Andy Murray. It’s something that few people get to do, so it’s really special.”
Murray’s preparations for the tournament were hindered by a sore hip and although the 30 year old had previously downplayed the seriousness of the issue, the problem finally took its toll on him against Querrey as he dropped 12 of the last 13 games in the final two sets.
“The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore,” Murray said in his postmatch news conference. “I tried my best right to the end. I gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.
“But it’s obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there. So I’m sad that it’s over.
“Sam served great. The end of the fourth set and fifth set, I felt like he hardly missed any first serves. He was acing me pretty much every time. I wasn’t getting enough power on my serve to put him in any bother there. So he was dictating all of the points.”
This was Murray’s first tour-level loss to an American player since he was beaten by Alex Bogomolov Jr. in Miami in 2011. He will, however, stay top of the world rankings after Novak Djokovic’s later retirement from SW19 through injury.
Murray made a strong start against the No. 24 seed, winning the opening three games before racing through the first set without facing a break point.
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