In one of the biggest upsets in the ongoing Wimbledon tournament, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the slam in the third round.
On Saturday, American Sam Querrey stole the show after he “overpowered” Djoker 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5).
Querrey, the 28th seed shot 31 aces, thwarted any kind of comeback by the Serb.
Djokovic had trailed by two sets overnight after the Court One clash was stopped by rain on Friday (June 1). But, Djokovic was expected to come back in the game and turn it around just as he did when faced with a similar predicament against Kevin Anderson last year.
The 29-year-old Serb won the opening four games before another rain delay, but wobbled slightly before securing the third set to halve the deficit.
When yet another rain delay sent the players off court for an hour with Djokovic serving at 5-6, he returned to take it into a tiebreak.
Querrey went 6-4 ahead and though Djokovic saved one match point with an ace but then he ended his 30-match winning streak in grand slam play.
Querrey showed great composure, saving 11 out of 12 break points in the fourth set, as Djokovic tried everything to take the match into a deciding set.
Querrey also ended Djokovic’s dream run of becoming the first man to win all four majors in a year since Rod Laver in 1969.
A disappointed Djokovic admitted that American Sam Querry “overpowered” him.
“Congratulations to Sam. He played a terrific match…He serves very well. I think that part of his game was brutal today,” said Djokovic after his loss.
“I had my chances… I just wasn’t feeling the ball as well as I wished ” he added.
The world number 1 confirmed he would not play in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Britain this month. He had arrived at Wimbledon holding all four major titles.
Querrey became the first American to beat Djokovic in a grand slam since Andy Roddick in 2009.
Querrey will now take on Nicolas Mahut of France in his first grand slam quarter-final.
(With inputs from agencies)