Sam Querrey's living the dream in England.
The 24th seed became the first American man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Andy Roddick in 2009 with a 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-1 6-1 win over the defending champion on Wednesday.
The ageless Swiss master remains firmly on track for an unprecedented eighth men's singles crown after atoning for a five-set semi-final loss past year to Milos Raonic with a 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4) destruction of the big-serving Canadian.
"I'm still in a bit of shock", Querrey said after the match". "I feel like I've done all of the right stuff, but I'll try to do more, try to get myself in better shape". He becomes the only active man to do so, becoming the first since Andy Roddick, who last reached that stage when he almost won Wimbledon in 2009. But for Querrey, that doesn't matter.
But then he could not keep the distance especially in the diagonal of backhand where the heavy strikes of Querrey often made fly to the great lady of some 15,000 spectators of the Short Center.
After overcoming the unpredictable talents of Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown, Fabio Fognini and Benoit Paire to reach the quarter-finals, Murray faces a much clearer task against the 6ft 6in Querrey. Djokovic could have reclaimed the No. 1 ranking after Murray's loss. "Not many people get to play tennis professionally, let alone play at Wimbledon, play on Centre Court, play against Andy Murray". The grass-court season was hard because of the back issues I had, and the knee issues.
Raonic beat Federer in the semifinals previous year, and then lost to Andy Murray in the final. "It always comes to an end", said Murray on Wednesday.
Fellow Americans certainly noticed their compatriot's efforts.
The defeat for the defending champion had a lot to do with a hip injury that Murray was carrying when he came into the tournament.