LONDON (Reuters) – Sam Querrey sent injured defending champion Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon last night.
One year after knocking out 2015 champion Novak Djokovic in the third round, 29-year-old Querrey, the world number 28, won 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1.
In doing so he became the first American to reach the Wimbledon semis since Andy Roddick in 2009.
Querrey also reached his first major semi on his 42nd attempt, breaking the men’s professional era record set by Mark Woodforde (38).
World number one Murray’s challenge petered out when he began limping off his right leg, his movement severely compromised by a recent hip problem.
Twice champion Murray raced through the opening set with no sign that the injury was slowing him down but after being pegged back by Querrey in the second, he grimaced in pain in the third when the American hit a backhand winner.
While Murray claimed that set on a tiebreak, it was downhill from there as Querrey won nine games in a row to take the fourth set 6-1 and open up a 3-0 lead in the fifth.
The Centre Court crowd did their best to get behind the home favourite but there was no way back for the Briton whose reign ended in disappointing fashion.
“I’m still in shock myself,” Querrey said after wrapping victory with his 27th ace.
“I didn’t start my best but kept with it, kept swinging and I hit my groove in the fourth and fifth sets.
“It feels great and it’s a dream come true … to get to a semi-final and have it happen at Wimbledon makes it a bit more special.”