Sam Querrey, the 24th-ranked American, upset world No. 1 Andy Murray at Wimbledon on Wednesday to continue his run in the tournament.
Querrey became the first American man to reach the Wimbledon semis in eight years, doing it by beating a No. 1 for the second straight year — last year, he topped world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
After trailing 2-1 early, Querrey rallied to win the fourth set, then began the fifth set on a roll, going up 3-0 and breaking Murray’s serve.
Leading 40-30 in the fifth game of the fifth set, Querrey all but locked up the match with an incredible defensive effort against a Murray serve. After an exchange of backhands, Murray hit a forehand deep into the right corner, sending Querrey scrambling to return it. Murray then tapped a drop shot over the net, to which Querrey again scrambled, returned, then sent a quick volley back over the net, sending Murray running the other way.
From there, Querrey hit a simple drop shot that Murray had no chance to return and let out an emphatic roar in celebration.
Querrey’s path to the Finals won’t get any easier — he’ll play the winner of Marin Cilic (7) and Gilles Muller (16) next. Should he survive that, he’ll have to play the winner of a section of the bracket that includes Djokovic (2), Roger Federer (3), Milos Raonic (6), and Tomas Berdych (11).
But knocking off the world No. 1 with a stellar effort is a good start for Querrey.
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