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Querrey tops Murray
LONDON --- The first porten-
tous sign of trouble for Andy
Murray, surprisingly enough,
came right as the two-time
Wimbledon champion con-
structed an ample lead over
Sam Querrey in the quarterfi-
The top-seeded Murray flicked a
cross-court backhand passing shot
so forcefully, placed it so perfectly,
that Querrey barely got his racket
on the ball, sending a volley well
wide. With that, Murray was up
by a set plus a break in the second.
As he headed to the sideline for
the changeover, though, Murray
limped, bothered by a sore left hip.
As the match wore on, the hitch
in Murray's step became more pro-
nounced, his shots less effective.
And Querrey, an American seeded
24th, took full advantage, hitting
27 aces and dominating down the
stretch to stun Murray, and a par-
tisan Centre Court crowd, with a
3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 victory,
earning a spot in the initial Grand
Slam semifinal of his career.
"I am still in a little bit of shock
myself," said Querrey, the first U.S.
man to reach a major semifinal since
Andy Roddick was the 2009 Wim-
Another quarterfinal surprise
arrived later Wednesday, taking
out yet another member of the
sport's Big 4 and owner of multi-
ple Wimbledon titles: Novak Djok-
ovic stopped playing because of a
right elbow injury while trailing
2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych
of the Czech Republic 7-6 (2), 2-0.
Djokovic's elbow was massaged by
a trainer during a medical timeout
after the opening set. A day earli-
er, during his fourth-round match,
Djokovic also took a medical time-
"It was only getting worse," said
Djokovic, explaining his elbow was
in the most pain when he hit serves
and forehands. "Unfortunately to-
day was the worst day. Probably the
fact that I played yesterday, kind of
days adding up, as I've said before,
it wasn't helping at all."
The owner of three champion-
ships at the All England Club, and
12 major trophies overall, said his
elbow has been bothering him for
more than a year, that he opted
against surgery and that he will con-
sider taking a break from the tour.
Time off has paid dividends for
Roger Federer, who missed the last
half of 2016 to allow his surgically
repaired left knee heal, then skipped
the clay-court season this year. He,
Djokovic, Murray and Rafael Nadal
combined to win the past 14 Wim-
bledon titles, but only Federer now
remains in the field.
The 35-year-old Federer, who has
won seven of his record 18 Grand
Slam championships at the All
England Club, is the grass-court
tournament's oldest semifinalist
since Ken Rosewall in 1974 at age
39. Federer produced a straightfor-
ward 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over
Milos Raonic, the man who beat him
in last year's semifinals.
On Friday, Federer will face Berd-
ych for a berth in the final. Querrey
meets 2014 U.S. Open champion
Marin Cilic of Croatia, who got past
16th-seeded Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6
(6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 with the help of 33
aces. Muller eliminated Nadal in the
Querrey hit 27 aces against Mur-
ray and was impeccable for portions
of the match, finishing with 70 win-
ners and only 30 unforced errors.
He also managed to move past one
really bad mistake in the third-set
tiebreaker: an overhead that he
dumped into the bottom of the net.
"He was dictating all of the
points," Murray said.
And Murray was fading.
From 1-all in the fourth, Querrey
grabbed eight games in a row to take
that set and lead 3-0 in the last.
"I didn't start my best, but I just
kept with it. Kept swinging away
and then really found a groove in the
fourth and fifth set," Querrey said.
"And everything kind of seemed to
be falling my way then."
It's the second year in a row the
29-year-old Californian upset the
defending champion and No. 1 seed
at the All England Club. In 2016, he
ended Djokovic's 30-match Grand
Slam winning streak by beating him
in the third round.
This is Querrey's 42nd Grand
Slam tournament, the most ever
played by a man in the Open era
before getting to his first semifinal.
And there were moments along
the way when Querrey himself
doubted he'd ever accomplish this.
"Last year definitely kind of gave
me a new boost that I could do it.
But there have been times in my
career," he said, "where I definitely
thought: If had to bet --- 'Am I going
to make a semi?' --- I probably would
have gone, 'No.'"
But he's won three straight
Murray, meanwhile, has been
dealing with that hip. Before Wim-
bledon, he skipped some practice
sessions and pulled out of two ex-
His serve speeds slowed in
the latter stages Wednesday. His
backhands didn't have their usual
verve. He couldn't play his usual
"I was pretty close today. It wasn't
like I was, like, a million miles away
from winning the match," Murray
said. "Obviously, the end was a bit
of a struggle." (AP)
Djokovic considers a break from tennis
LONDON --- Novak Djokovic is
considering a break from ten-
nis, with surgery on his injured
right elbow now a possibility.
The 12-time Grand Slam cham-
pion, who has won three Wim-
bledon titles, retired from his
quarterfinal match against Tomas
Berdych at the All England Club
yesterday. He said his elbow has
been giving him problems for a
year and a half.
"It's not a time and place for me
to talk about the details," Djokovic
said after pulling out while trail-
ing 7-6 (2), 2-0. "I'm just going
to talk with specialists, as I have
done in the last year or so, try to
figure out what's the best way to
treat it and to solve it, to find a
At the end of his news confer-
ence, speaking in Serbian and
translated through an interpret-
er, Djokovic alluded to the fact he
could end up taking a long break.
That would be a first for Djok-
ovic, who has been one of the best
players on tour for about a decade.
He won the first of his six Austral-
ian Open titles in 2008, and won
four straight majors from the 2015
Wimbledon tournament through
last year's French Open.
He hasn't won one since.
"The specialists that I've talked
with, they haven't been really too
clear, mentioning also surgery,
mentioning different options. No-
body was very clear in what needs
to be done," Djokovic said. "Yeah,
I guess the break is something that
I will have to consider right now."
Djokovic had a relatively easy
run to the quarterfinals at Wim-
bledon this year. His opening
match ended early when his op-
ponent, Martin Klizan, retired
with an injury. He then won his
next three matches in straight
sets. But in the fourth-round win
over Adrian Mannarino, Djokovic
called for a trainer during the fi-
And after the first set against
Berdych, he again called for a
trainer to check his right arm.
"I was able to perform up to
this stage. But as I've said, it was
only getting worse," Djokovic said.
"Unfortunately today was the
worst day. Probably the fact that
I played yesterday, kind of days
adding up, as I've said before, it
wasn't helping at all."
Djokovic complained about the
schedule on Tuesday after playing
his match against Mannarino a day
after it was originally scheduled.
Playing two days in a row certain-
ly didn't help, but Djokovic said
he did everything he could to get
ready for yesterday's match.
"I spend probably about two
hours, 2? hours today, on the ta-
ble in between the warmup and
match, trying to do everything I
possibly could to make me fit,"
Djokovic said. "But it wasn't to
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns to Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych
during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the
Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, yesterday
PHOTO: ALASTAIR GRANT
Sam Querrey of the United States
celebrates after beating Britain's
Andy Murray at the end of their
Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match
on day nine at the Wimbledon
Tennis Championships in London
yesterday. AP PHOTO
F1 says 30
places keen on
LONDON --- One day after Silverstone's
owners announced they will terminate
their British Grand Prix contract, For-
mula One's new leadership said Wednes-
day they had been inundated with in-
terest from around 30 places looking to
Liberty Media has spent its first six months
in charge of F1 trying to exploit the com-
mercial opportunities it believes were not
being seized on toward the end of Bernie
Ecclestone's control of the motorsport series.
"Since I've been here, probably 30 coun-
tries, municipalities, principalities have
reached out to me about interest in bringing
Formula One to their cities, their countries,"
Sean Bratches, F1's managing director for
commercial operations, told The Associated
Press. "So we are in a unique spot. We have
an abundance of opportunities and we are
going to have to figure out where we go and
again at the center of that decision is, 'What
is the best thing for our fans?'"
Bratches was speaking next to Trafalgar
Square in London where F1 cars were sta-
tioned on Wednesday for a fan event fea-
turing an evening concert.
However, Britain could be losing its only
race. The owners of Silverstone, which staged
its first F1 race in 1948, told Liberty on Tues-
day that the hosting fee has become too pro-
hibitive and the losses cannot be sustained.
A break clause in the contract was activat-
ed, meaning that the last race at the central
England circuit will be in 2019 unless a new,
cheaper contract can be negotiated. For the
moment, Liberty is just focusing on working
with Silverstone to make the most of cor-
porate hospitality at the best-attended race
on the calendar - which is being staged on
"We are going to put our shoulder into
making Silverstone one of the greatest rac-
es on the racing circuit over the next three
years and we will see where we go from
there," Bratches said. "But from a Formula
One standpoint we are very committed to a
British Grand Prix going forward."
Bratches would not say if that race had to
be in Silverstone, rather than elsewhere in
Britain. A street race in London has regularly
been mooted, and bringing F1 closer to the
fans is a priority for Liberty.
"Our expectation is to go to large cities and
have races on more street circuits," Bratches
said, without providing details on locations.
"We are going to add street circuits. The ma-
jority will probably be traditional tracks. But
our expectation is to try to go to city centers
and activate large fan bases with our brand
on a going forward basis." (AP)
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas during the F1 Live
event in Trafalgar Square, London, yesterday,
One day after Silverstone canceled its British
Grand Prix contract. PHOTO: DANIEL HAMBURY
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