Murray has struggled off and on this year, but looked good on the grass courts of Wimbledon until he ran into Querrey, who won a five-set battle, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1. Murray interrupted him mid-sentence with the two words: "Male player".
From there, Querrey hit a simple drop shot that Murray had no chance to return and let out an emphatic roar in celebration.
What started as damage limitation, however, turned into a battling recovery and ended as a brutal slaying of the world number one.
He is the lowest-ranked player to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Murray in his 12 appearances at Wimbledon.
Querrey will now face Marin Cilic--who defeated Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1--in the semi-finals. When a journalist suggests that Sam is the first United States player to reach a big semi final in eight years, Andy immediately pointed out where he was wrong.
It is the second year in a row Querrey has beaten the defending Wimbledon champion, having ousted Novak Djokovic in 2016.
Murray had just lost to Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals at the All England Club, and the question started by referring to Querrey as the "first U.S. player" to reach a major semifinal since 2009. Earlier this year, Murray demolished Querrey at the Australian Open, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, which is what is expected to be the outcome tonight. This will be his first semi-final at any Grand Slam.
"The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore", said Murray, a Scot who has won Wimbledon twice.
"I'm not going to go into all the details of exactly what my hip issues are", said Murray.
"I was a little nervous at first when we got out there".
"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". She is trying to become the host country's first female champion at the All England Club in 40 years.
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