Murray has no answer to this Querrey
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.
"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." 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. However, the top seed suffered a setback in the second as Querrey, 29, settled into his stride, testing Murray with a series of big forehands and clever net play. The Scot's level dropped significantly, particularly on his first serve, before Querrey leveled proceedings with a classy backhand
Two-time champion Murray ensured that his slump did not last long, though, as he broke Querrey at the start of the third. All seemed comfortable for Murray until, at 5-4, the home favourite lapsed and allowed Querrey back in. The British No. 1 regained his composure, though, and dominated the tiebreak to inch ahead.
But the home crowd were silenced once more as Querrey hit back with a double break of serve in the fourth set to force the decider, with Murray clearly suffering issues with his on-court movement.
It got worse for Murray as his opponent raced to a 3-0 lead in the fifth before finally ending Querrey's eight-game streak with a hold of serve. However, by that point, the damage was done, and Querrey kept his nerve to serve out a famous victory and book his spot in the final four.
It is the second successive year that Querrey has dumped out the defending champion and top seed at the All England Club. Last year, he saw off Djokovic in the third round.