No Djoke: Novak Djokovic’s bid for calender Grand Slam ends
Upset of the year: Sam Querrey defeats Djokovic in 4 sets
Novak Djokovic’s campaign to add a 3rd consecutive Wimbledon trophy came to a shocking end when he ran into the big serving American Sam Querrey. World Number 1 and title favorite Djokovic had won 30 consecutive Grand Slam matches since his loss to Stan Wawrinka in the finals of Roland Garros in 2015. Querrey on the other hand had just a solitary win against his name against the Serb prior to their meeting at SW19.
The 28th seed boomed down 31 aces and repelled an attempted Djokovic comeback to win a third-round match that began the previous evening 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5).
Top seed and defending champion Djokovic had trailed by two sets overnight after the Court One clash was stopped by rain on Friday.
Defeat scuppered his hopes of becoming the first man to win all four majors in a year since Rod Laver in 1969 and was his first loss before the quarter-final of a major since the 2009 French Open when he also bowed out in the third round.
“His game was brutal today, especially his serve,” the 12-times grand slam champion told reporters. “Well done to Sam, he overpowered me today.”
Querrey showed great composure, saving 11 out of 12 break points in the fourth set, several with aces, as Djokovic tried everything to take the match into a deciding set.
Draw Opens up
With title favorite Novak Djokovic’s ouster from the 2016 edition of Wimbledon, the draw has opened up significantly especially for home hero Andy Murray and 7 time champion Roger Federer.