Sam Querry has finally done what nobody could do in the last 12 months, beat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam. Djokovic’s loss ended his record winning streak at Grand Slams (30 matches) and also his chance of completing a Calendar Slam. The last time Djokovic didn’t make it to the quarter finals of a Grand Slam tournament was back at the French Open in 2009 (which Federer had won btw!).
Djokovic started his day with a two set deficit but showed no signs of remorse in the third set. It almost seemed as if he was clawing his way back into the match. He was a break up in the fourth set before Querry broke back. That game included two calls against Djokovic which, according to the BBC broadcast, were incorrect, but he was out of challenges and so couldn’t ask for a review. Again in the tie-breaker, Djokovic was up 3-1, but couldn’t capitalize on his lead.
Not trying to take away the credit from Querry, but Djokovic lacked his clinical edge in his match against Querry, allowing his opponent to take a two-set lead and then failing to grab opportunities during the course of the match. Djokovic just couldn’t do what he wanted to.
The fourth round match between Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic is another great match. Nishikori holds a 7-3 Head to Head record against Cilic but the two have never played each other on grass.
Updates: Wimbledon’s wonder boy Juan Martin Del Potro, playing matches on successive days, is trailing Lucas Pouille 7-6,6-7,5-7, play suspended due to rain. The winner of the two will face Bernard Tomic in the next round. On Court No. 2, John Isner is leading against J W Tsonga 7-6,6-3. Steve Johnson beat Grigor Dimitrov (Baby Federer) today and faces Daddy Federer next.
Federer was on a semi-final collision course with Djokovic and will be relieved not to find Djokovic when he gets there but he will still need to defeat the winner of Nishikori v Cilic in the quarter finals and in all likelihood Federer will find Milos Raonic in his semi final match.
After six straight Grand Slams we will see a different face in the finals. And thanks to Sam Querry, the only thing denying Federer his 18th Grand Slam is now out of the way and Federer shouldn’t let this go. Well, the same thing has denied Andy Murray a lot of things too, so he might be equally delighted and hopeful.