By Kalendra Withana,
World No1 tennis player, Andy Murray, is reported to have been eliminated from the 2017 Wimbledon championships by his opponent Sam Querrey.
Murray got as far as the quarter finals before his wish to claim a third Wimbledon title was blown; having been beaten by his opposing American tennis player with scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.
Querrey is now reported to be the first American in eight years to participate in the men’s semi-finals, after Andy Roddick.
Following his win, Querrey said that he’s “still in a little bit of shock”.
He further adds: “For the last point, I was just so happy to hit the serve in. I didn’t start my best, but then I really found my groove.”
Sam Querrey, American professional tennis player from San Francisco. (Source - The Telegraph)
The tournament initially began working in favour of Murray, with the player being two games up ahead of Querrey within just three minutes. Querrey, however, had won just a single point with the first of his 27 aces.
In spite of his weak start however, Querrey managed to turn the game round and hit 70 winners, 30 of them from the net.
After breaking serve to lead 4-3 in the second set, Murray became frustrated, letting out a loud “come on!” at his opponent’s revival.
In the last two closing sets however, Murray was deemed to have no control over the direction of the game and his injured hip certainly did not help his performance. Thus, his American opponent took advantage of this and drew the contest to a close by claiming a win.
There is no denying that Murray’s hip injury played a significant impact in preventing him claim his Wimbledon title.
Murray struggling during fourth set of the match. (Source - The Guardian - photographed by Tom Jenkins)
The player even reportedly pulled out of two exhibition matches and missed three days of practice as a result of this.
Murray even admitted that he was taking two ice baths a day and doing 20 minutes’ worth of additional hip-strengthening exercises at home, but this seems to have not been enough for the player.
"I've had a sore hip for a long time off and on, since I was 22 or 23, so it's nothing new for me," Murray told the BBC.
"A couple of days after I played Stan Wawrinka at the French Open it felt pretty sore."
Murray finally made the closing remark of: “The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore but I tried my best right to the end. I’m proud about that. There was obviously an opportunity. I’m sad it’s over”.
Sources – The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC Sport