Kastles star Querrey stuns Djokovic at Wimbledon
July 2, 2016
For 30 major matches, Novak Djokovic was untouchable. That all changed on Saturday.
Washington Kastles star Sam Querrey pulled off the biggest win of his career, sending shockwaves throughout the grounds of Wimbledon after upsetting the world No. 1 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5) on No.1 Court. It is the second career victory for Querrey against Djokovic, who saw his pursuit of a calendar Grand Slam come to a screeching halt.
“[I’m] Really excited,” Querrey said in an ATP interview. “It's an unbelievable win. To do it here at Wimbledon is really special.”
Querrey won the first two sets the previous day before rain continued to wreak havoc at the All England Club. It appeared the fresh start was exactly what the doctor ordered for the two-time defending champion Djokovic, who breezed to the third set. Querrey regrouped in the fourth set, saving numerous break points before Djokovic finally broke through for a 5-4 lead, giving himself an opportunity to even the match at two sets apiece. The American dug in and immediately broke back with tremendous resilience. When it came time to settle the score in the tiebreak, it was Querrey who reasserted himself.
“I just stayed the course, didn't do anything special. Can be tricky with all those rain delays,” reflected Querrey. “But fortunately just went out there, served well the whole time, played a great tiebreaker at the end to get the win.”
For Querrey, he ended a 0-8 losing streak against No. 1-ranked players and now looks to reach his first major quarterfinal when he squares off against France’s Nicolas Mahut. Querrey last played in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2010. Mahut won their latest meeting just three weeks ago in the s-Hertogenbosch semifinals.
“I'm just looking forward to the next match,” said Querrey. “There's another one after this. I have to get ready for that.”
Querrey will return to play Mylan World TeamTennis later this month. In 2015, he helped the Washington Kastles clinch a record-breaking fifth consecutive King Trophy by ranking second in the League in both men’s singles and men’s doubles. The Kastles will begin their title defense on July 31 against the inaugural New York Empire at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. Washington’s home opener will take place the next day at Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, with Martina Hingis and the Bryan Brothers joining the roster.