Andy Murray was unable to solve the Sam Querrey query today, as the World number one went through one of his worst performances on centre court in the 4th and 5th set, where he just couldn’t hold serve.
Querrey is known for his big, booming serves, but it was his return game that did the damage today. His groundstrokes were powerful but measured, and his ability to move Murray off the court was just phenomenal to see.
Murray has been going through some hip issues, especially after he withdrew from the exhibition matches before Wimbledon, but he seemed to be moving perfectly in the first 4 rounds.
All was well until the third set as well. The crucial tie-break swung in Murray’s favour and it felt like he had the advantage going in to the first set. But Querrey just blew everyone apart in the final two sets, the crowd was dumfounded and Murray was left gasping for breath as he was toyed with left, right and centre.
Querrey will now face the winner of Muller vs Cilic which is under way right now and heading towards a fifth set.
Querey might prefer to have Muller there as he would have now played two back-to-back five setters and thus wouldn’t be at his physical best in the semi-final on Friday!
Murray would have very few positives to take from here. His movement was abysmal and he just never really turned up in the last two sets. The intensity was missing and he was just going through the motions in the final few games.
With Federer and Nadal breathing down his neck, Murray will have to have a brilliant end to the season in order to protect his World number one spot, as Federer and Nadal both don’t have a lot of points to defend after Wimbledon.
This is how Twitter reacted to Murray’s shock loss:
This is how it feels to knock out defending #Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 12, 2017
Unless Djokovic wins the title, on Monday Andy Murray will be ATP No.1 despite not reaching a single Grand Slam final in 52 weeks.
— Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) July 12, 2017
— Coral (@Coral) July 12, 2017
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 12, 2017
The SCOTTISH Andy Murray gets knocked out of Wimbledon! pic.twitter.com/rOPvAKZBjC
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 12, 2017
Scotland's Andy Murray knocked out of Wimbledon.
Britain's Andy Murray made it to the quarter-finals. pic.twitter.com/FIeKtirJ5R
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) July 12, 2017
Funny, Andy Murray wasn't limping around the first 4 rounds. Then he loses 9 straight games to Querrey and now his hip hurts. #Wimbledon
— Grant (@GWilhelmson) July 12, 2017
Holy Sam Querrey!
— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) July 12, 2017
First Grand Slam semifinal for Sam Querrey at 29yo. Great moment for him.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 12, 2017
We are one set away from a Gilles Muller vs Sam Querrey grand slam semi final. #TennisIn2017 Bloody hell!
— End of Cricket (@CricAussieFan) July 12, 2017