Saturday, July 02, 2016

2016 WIMBLEDON: Djokovic Upset By American Sam Querrey In 3rd Round!

The calendar Grand Slam will not happen in 2016! American Sam Querrey defeated 12-time major champion and World #1 Novak Djokovic  7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5). Despite achieving the Nole Slam by winning the last four major tournaments (2015 Wimbledon. 2015 US Open, 2016 Australian, 2016 French Open) his streak of wins at the Grand Slam tournaments has stopped at 30 and his earliest loss at a major since the 2009 French Open. His streak of 28 quarterfinals in a row is now over, as well as his streak of 6 major finals in a row and 9 semifinals in a row.

Although Djokovic lost the match, a lot of credit must be given to Sam Querrey for going out and winning it, primarily by saving 14 of 17 breakpoints during the last two sets, mostly by serving big on the pressure points. Despite starting the 4th set tiebreak (hitting two nervous errors to go down 1-3, he fought back to even it at 3-all, getting the best of the World #1 in two twenty-plus rallies. Querrey eventually got to 6-5 on his serve (after Djokovic saved his first match point with a service ace) and when Djokovic hit a forehand error, the 28-year-old American had the biggest win of his career and the biggest upset of 2016. The World #1 had only lost one other completed match this year (against Jiri Vesely on clay in Monte Carlo). Djokovic had retired with an eye infection against Feliciano Lopez in the Dubai semifinals earlier this year for his only other official loss of the year.

We will have a new Wimbledon champion in 2016. How will #2 Andy Murray handle being the favorite for the first time at a major, especially Wimbledon? Time will tell. Murray is into the Round of 16, where he will face the winner of Nick Kyrgios or Feliciano Lopez, who split the first two sets in their 3rd round match, which will be completed on Sunday, where play will occur for the first time since 2004.

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