It was a hobbled Andy Murray who took to the court in a quarterfinal match against American Sam Querrey and the lanky Yankee managed to beat Murray for just the second time in nine meetings.
Murray was game and steadfast, finishing out the match, unlike some players who would have surrendered at the first sign of physical or mental discomfort, but he could do nothing beyond the third set, surrendering the final two sets 6 – 1. The full line was five sets for Querrey, 3 – 6, 6 – 4, 6 – 7 (4 – 7), 6 – 1, 6 – 1.
Like Nick Kyrgios, Murray was dealing with hip soreness and Querrey won 12 of the last 13 games, including nine consecutive at one point, to eliminate the defending champion.
Querrey does not have a lot of tournament success in his background; in fact, this is the furthest he has ever progressed in a Grand Slam since he turned professional in 2006. He made it as high as the 17th ranking in 2011 and is currently at 27th.
Querrey’s reputation is more that of a giant slayer. He knocked defending champion Novak Djokovic out of Wimbledon in the third round last year.
Even though he managed to take a two sets to one lead into the fourth, with hopes of getting through on sheer will alone to the semis, Murray eventually succumbed to Querrey’s onslaught of powerful groundstrokes, breaking Murray in the third and fifth game of the fourth set. Murray wound up failing to hold serve four consecutive times in the final two sets, which left nothing for his coach Ivan Lendl to do but look on helplessly.
Querrey is now set up with a semifinal match against Marin Cilic, who needed five sets to get past Nadal slayer Giles Muller.
Andy Roddick was the last American to make it as far as the finals, in 2009, where he was the participant in his third loss to Roger Federer. Pete Sampras, in 2000, was the last American Wimbledon champion.