Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) was knocked out by the big serving 24th seed Sam Querrey (USA). Murray came into the tournament with a niggling hip injury and it became a full blown issue in the quarter final. After a shaky start from the American, Murray took the first set 6-3, but Querrey played an excellent second set to make it level 6-4. It was in the tightly contested third set that Murray’s injury luck ran out and having carried the hip through 10 hours of Wimbledon tennis, it finally went. The final two sets were straight forward for Querrey winning 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 as a clearly unable Murray carried on playing.
Querrey will now play 7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO) who hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament so far. He dropped two against 16th seed and Nadal conqueror Gilles Muller (LUX) in a tough five set contest, taking it 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1 as Muller understandably ran out of steam.
3rd seed Roger Federer (SUI) has been playing incredible tennis and today was no exception. You had to feel for 6th seed Milos Raonic (CAN) as no matter what he threw at the 7 time champion it was returned with interest. The Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 6-2, and with the Canadian’s expectations falling away, he played more freely to force a tie break in the third. Federer was just too strong for Raonic and he prevailed 6-4 6-2 7-6. The variety of players Federer has faced throughout the draw should have caused him at least some problems, but the 3rd seed has not been at all tested, speaking to the genius of the Swiss who appears to have all the weapons in his arsenal to despatch any opponent.
He’ll face 11th seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) who has been in and around the top 10 singles players for the last decade, so why has he not made more of an impact? Well he’s been playing in the golden era of tennis against his semi final opponent Federer, Nadal, Murray, and his quarter final opponent 2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB). The Serb had been suffering in his fourth round match with arm problems but had made it through in straight sets nonetheless. Today he clearly hadn’t recovered and though the first set went to a tie break which Berdych won, at 2-0 down in the second set, Djokovic knew he couldn’t continue and he retired.