Andy Murray’s attempt to defend his Wimbledon title was in vain as he limped out of the quarter-final. He was defeated by Sam Querrey, who won 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1. Querrey became the first American man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009. According to BBC Sport, Querrey reached his first semi-final of his 42nd Grand Slam.
Novak Djokovic retired from his match against Tomas Berdych in the second set already due to a reported elbow injury. Djokovic needed to win the title to return to the top of the rankings. His failure to do so means that Murray will retain his world number one ranking.
Murray’s hip injury seems to have been a recurring hindrance, as he was seen limping during practice sessions prior to the tournament. However, he managed to secure four victories until his encounter with Querrey.
Cited by BBC Sport, Murray commented on his defeat by saying: “Throughout the 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 of that but its obviously disappointing to lose”.
Querrey reacted to his victory by saying: “I didn’t start my best but I kept with it, kept swinging away, then really found a groove in the fourth and fifth sets and then everything started falling my way.”
Querrey will face seventh seed Marin Cilic in the semi-final.