Tuesday 20 February 2018

Querrey shatters Djokovic slam dream

Sam Querrey ended Djokovic’s dream of a majors grand slam – a feat not achieved since 1969. Photo: PA
Sam Querrey ended Djokovic’s dream of a majors grand slam – a feat not achieved since 1969. Photo: PA

Martyn Herman

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was beaten 7-6 (6) 6-1 3-6 7-6 (5) by American Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round yesterday.

The Serbian top seed trailed by two sets overnight after the Court One match was interrupted by rain on Friday and there was no escape for the 29-year-old as Querrey, the 28th seed, completed a huge shock.

The stunning defeat, which ended the world number one's a 30-match winning streak at grand slams, scuppered Djokovic's hopes of becoming the first man to win all four majors in a year since Rod Laver in 1969.

It was his first loss before the quarter-final of a grand slam tournament since 2009 when he also bowed out of a major in the third round at the French Open.

Andy Murray made it through to the last 16 with victory over Australia's John Millman.

Murray beat Millman 6-3 7-5 6-2, after the world number 67 put up some stern resistance on Centre Court.

The Scot is now the highest seed in the draw at number two following Djokovic's defeat.

In the women's side, twice champion Petra Kvitova was knocked out in the second round, losing a two-hour slugfest 7-5 7-6(5)to unseeded Ekaterina Makarova after a far longer battle against the weather.

The rain-delayed clash between the Czech 10th seed, the title winner in 2011 and 2014, and her Russian opponent was the final match of the round.

"I felt stuck in the second round for a while. I think that the tournament was really weird for me this time," Kvitova told reporters.

"I was waiting all day long almost every day to be scheduled on, and didn't really have a chance to finish or step on the court."

When play was finally possible, blustery conditions contributed to a relatively high error count by both women - Kvitova serving five double faults and Makarova six.

Makarova, a quarter-finalist in 2014 and beaten by Kvitova in the third round in 2013, broke in the 11th game of the first set and held serve to take the set, the Czech missing two chances to break back.

After an exchange of breaks early in the second set, the Russian sealed the win in the tiebreak on a forehand error by Kvitova.

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