By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Sam Querrey  def. Andy Murray  3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1
- Becomes the first American male player since Andy Roddick in 2009 to reach the semi-finals
- Murray will assess injury before deciding on the rest of the schedule
LONDON, UK – Defending champion Andy Murray lost in five sets while Sam Querrey becomes the first American male player to reach a semi-final since 2009.
Sam Querrey  def. Andy Murray  3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1
Any early worries that Murray might have felt about the ferocity of serving he would face from Sam Querrey was quickly quashed as the big-serving American started with a game no doubt he would rather forget. A double fault to open and a rash of errors put the big guy on the back foot from the start as Murray looked to open up the court and certainly had the edge on their rallies.
Querrey was not without some tricks of his own as he salvaged some face after going down that early break, and with no other sniff of a break point for either player, Murray closed out the set in 28 minutes.
The opening exchanges at the start of the second set showed a Querrey whose serving arm was warming up, and it was a little more noticeable that Murray wasn’t running for some shots, and walking stiffly between points.
When the opportunity arose once more at the hands of a sloppy Querrey game, Murray wasted no time in pushing for the advantage, grabbing the chance to go ahead on his fourth break point chance.
A momentary lapse from Murray though handed that advantage straight back to the American. In fact Murray seemed to have lost his way as a his serve and errors saw another break point chance for Querrey to seal out the set.
This time the wild and the woolly was on the side of Murray as a wild shot sailed long to give Querrey a chance to level things up with a cross court winner.
With Murray looking decidedly hobbled now between points, he started the third set actually a lot brighter, breaking Querrey in the first game, but the American found his way back into contention late in the set after a pretty competitive affair. Murray took advantage of a weak couple of serves in the resulting tie-break from Querrey, to build up a 6-1 lead, but squandered three set points, before getting a two sets to one lead.
Having raced against time to get over a hip injury to be ready for the start of Wimbledon, it looked as though it was all catching up with Murray – Querrey took full advantage of Murray’s hampered movement to break the Brit three times in a row to level the match once more, and finished it off decisively in the decider.
Breaking Murray at the start of the decider made it a foregone conclusion. Murray could hardly run for anything and a particularly brutal rally, expertly finished off by Querrey just expedited the inevitable end.
Hip injury: ‘Was looking at short term solutions’
Murray admitted that he had chances to close it out, but that in the end here was nothing else he could do.
He said: “I think I had chances in the first three sets. The second set, I think I was up 4-3, then got broken twice there. That obviously turned out to be quite an important part of the match.
“I did manage to win the third. Maybe I could have got the match done in three sets there had I closed out the second after getting the break. Sam served extremely well at the end of the match, loosened up, was going for his shots. Nothing much I could do.”
Having struggled with his form in the events before the French Open, he still played his way to the semi-finals. After falling in the first round of Queen’s, he pulled out of two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club in a bid to be ready to defend his title, but had been comfortable that there was no risk of making the injury worse.
He continued: “I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. So obviously wanted to try, if possible, find a way at the end. Obviously it wasn’t the case.
“We were looking at short-term solutions. Obviously managed to get through a bunch of matches and did okay. Now I’ll sit down with my team and look at the next step, look a little bit longer term. The US Open’s, I don’t know, six, seven weeks away maybe, something like that. Sit down with my team tomorrow and come up with a plan for what I have to do next.”
Murray is scheduled to next play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal which will take place between 4-13 August.
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