Wimbledon Day 9: Querrey shocks defending champion Murray, Raonic no match for Federer

Sam Querrey stunned defending champion Andy Murray on day nine at Wimbledon, as the American twice came from behind to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

The 24th seed pulled off a big upset last year when he knocked out 2015 champion Novak Djokovic and he did it once again, as he became the first American to reach the final four since Andy Roddick in 2009 after a thrilling 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 win.

Sam Querrey knocked out the Wimbledon champion for the second straight year
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Querrey was in trouble after lost the opening set and a fell a break point down in the second, but the 29-year-old broke Murray’s serve twice in a row to help him level the match with a brilliant backhand.

Murray gained an early advantage in the third as the American let his opening service game slip, but Querrey once again broke back when Murray was serving for the set at 5-4 with a backhand winner to force the set into a tie-break.

However, it was a dominant tie-break performance from Murray as he built a 5-1 lead and while¬†Querrey managed to fight off three set points, the three-time grand slam champion sealed it on the fourth when the 24th seed dumped Murray’s rapid first serve into the net.

Murray began to struggle with a hip injury and Querrey took advantage by blitzing through the fourth set by breaking in the third game to help him force a decider, winning nine-games in a row to also help him build a 3-0 lead in the fifth.

Murray eventually held serve with an ace for 1-3 but there was to be no way back for the defending champion, as Querrey broke again in the sixth game and sealed a shock win with his 27th ace on his second match point.

Second seed Novak Djokovic is also out of the running for a fourth Wimbledon title, as the Serbian pulled out with an elbow injury while trailing to Thomas Berdych in their quarter-final clash.

Djokovic injured his right shoulder in his last 16 win over Adrian Mannarino and he struggled with an elbow problem against the 11th seed, as he called it quits while trailing 6-7 (2/7) 0-2 to his Czech opponent.

Neither man could find a break in a tight first set but it was Berdych who capitalised to take the lead, after which Djokovic needed medical treatment on his right arm.

2010 finalist Berdych broke a struggling Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the second set, before the world number two signalled he could not continue to hand Berdych a place in his third Wimbledon semi-final.

There was to be no upset for 18 time grand slam champion Roger Federer, as Swiss man cruised into the semi-finals with having yet to drop a set after a straight sets win over last year’s beaten finalist Milos Raonic.

Federer raced into a two-set lead before his Canadian opponent managed to force the seven-time champion into a tie-break, but the third seed came from 3-0 down in the tie-break to prevail 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4) for his 100th Wimbledon singles victory.

Raonic’s loose volley at 2-2 in the first set gave Federer the break he needed to gain the advantage and he served out the opener with his fifth ace, having surrendered just three points on his way to taking the first set.

Another forehand winner gave Federer an early break in the second set and once again, last year’s finalist could not find a way back into the set as Federer served out the set to love to move 2-0 up after just an hour.

Raonic finally earned his first break opportunity in the third set, but he spurned four break points as the third set went into a tie-break. Federer lost the first three games, but he fought back to book his place in the final four at Wimbledon for a record 12th time.

Roger Federer is now favourite to win a first Wimbledon title in five years
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Gilles Muller could not follow-up on his impressive victory over Rafael Nadal in the last 16, as Marin Cilic edged out the 16th seed in five sets to reach his first Wimbledon semi-final.

The Croatian dropped his first sets of the tournament as he needed to dig deep against his Luxembourg opponent, as the former US Open champion blitzed Muller way in a deciding fifth set to clinch a 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 5-7 6-1 victory.

Muller picked up where he left off in his last 16 win over Nadal by breaking the Croatian twice to take the first set. However, Cilic clawed his way back to take the second set on a tie-break and broke Muller in the third, the 16th seed’s first serve dropped in 31 games.

Muller recomposed himself to snatch the fourth with a single break to force a decider, but Cilic ran away it with it in the fifth set breaking Muller twice to seal a hard-fought win with a big serve and a semi-final test against Murray’s conqueror Querrey.

You can check out more results from day nine, including the latest doubles action, at this link.

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