Andy Murray’s Wimbledon reign came to a shuddering halt on Centre Court on Wednesday as Sam Querrey’s sensational run picked up its biggest scalp.
Querrey had only beaten Murray once in their past eight meetings and when he went a set down in just 28 minutes another defeat looked likely.
However, he turned things around dramatically and after forcing a deciding set the 24th seed completed a stunning 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1 victory to leave Murray beaten and in danger of losing his No. 1 status.
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Querrey, 29, advances to his first Grand Slam semifinal. He is the first American man to reach the singles semis at a Grand Slam since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.
Most attempts before reaching a 1st Slam singles SF (men Open era)
Sam Querrey 42
Mark Woodforde 38
Colin Dibley 37
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“I’m still in a bit of shock myself, that last point I was so happy to hit the serve,” Querrey told BBC Sport. “I didn’t start my best but I kept swinging away then really found a groove in the fourth and fifth and everything seemed to be falling my way.
“It feels great. It’s a dream come true to be in the semifinals and for it to be at Wimbledon makes it a little more special. I’m going to enjoy this one a little longer, have an easy day tomorrow and do the best I can to get ready for the semis.”
Querrey will face seventh-seeded Marin Cilic, who survived a five-setter with Gilles Muller on Wednesday, in the semifinals.
It’s the second consecutive year Querrey has dethroned the defending champion at Wimbledon; he knocked out Novak Djokovic in the third round last summer.