Djokovic knocked out of Wimbledon
LONDON—Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by big-serving Sam Querrey on Saturday, shattering his hopes of securing the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years. Matchcentre
The world number one, bidding for a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major, suffered his earliest loss at a Slam since the 2009 French Open.
The 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) defeat, played out after an overnight suspension and two further lengthy rain interruptions, also ended Djokovic’s Open era record run of 30 successive wins at the majors and his streak of having reached 28 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals.
American 28th seed Querrey said: “It’s incredible, especially here at Wimbledon, the biggest tournament in the world. I’m so ecstatic. “I was ready for his strong start this morning. He is arguably one of the best ever. I am so happy.”
World number five Simona Halep made it through to the Wimbledon fourth round with a straightforward victory over Kiki Bertens on Centre Court on Saturday, despite a lingering Achilles problem.
The 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Dutch world number 28, watched by a wealth of British sports stars including members of England’s 1966 football World Cup-winning team.
She faces either ninth seed Madison Keys or Alize Cornet in the round of 16 on Monday.
Halep did not play a grasscourt warmup tournament before Wimbledon due to a tendon injury. “I’m fit now but some days I have pain again. I don’t know what is going on with my Achilles,” she said.
The 24-year-old said she would not be going to watch Keys face Cornet to get some inside information ahead of Monday’s match.
“I’m not doing that job, my coach does,” she said. Teenage tennis starlet Alexander Zverev on Saturday became the last man through to the third round at Wimbledon after a marathon victory over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny.
Germany’s Zverev, 19, the youngest player in the top 50, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in three hours and 19 minutes on Court 8 in a match that was halted for a final time due to rain on Friday with Zverev 2-1 up in the final set.
Zverev, the 24th seed, last month became the youngest man to enter the top 30 since world number one Novak Djokovic back in 2006. World number 28 Zverev faces Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych in the round of 32.
“With Sascha I was playing some good battles,” said Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up. “All of them went on the good side for me, but obviously he’s a young kid and he’s improving week by week.
“So it’s not going to be easy at all. The fact that he’s playing one of the first years on the grass, he’s very talented and well experienced to know how to deal with that. So that’s going be a big one.”
Berdych has won all three of their previous encounters.
The 30-year-old said his battle plan was: “Just being ready, being focused, being able to stick with my plan, dictate the game. That’s going to work.”
German fourth seed and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber reached the Wimbledon last-16 on Saturday with a 7-6 (13/11), 6-1 win over compatriot Carian Witthoeft.
Kerber will face Japan’s Misaki Doi for a place in the quarterfinals.
Cilic and Nishikori enters fourth quaters
Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic managed to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals after beating Slovakia’s Lucas Lacko here on Saturday. The world no. 13 player defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori booked his spot in the last 16 at Wimbledon with a straight sets win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov on Saturday.
The fifth seed won 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 on the Court Three show court. The duo will face each other in the pre-quarterfinals.
Viktor Troicki was fined $10,000 (8,900 euros) on Saturday for his astonishing Wimbledon meltdown while Serena Williams was hit with the same punishment for smashing her racquet.
Fiery Troicki, the 25th seed from Serbia, slumped to a second round 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas after slipping to match point down on a controversial over-rule by umpire Damiano Torella.
“You’re the worst umpire in the world, you’re so bad,” screamed Troicki, who received a code violation for his behaviour.
He lost the match on the next point but continued his rant as Torella climbed down from his perch.
“You’re horrible, you know what you did. You are the worst ever, you’re an idiot,” he said. Defending women’s champion Williams was handed a $10,000 fine for smashing her racquet after losing the first set of her third round tie to Christina McHale on Friday and then throwing it behind her, where it landed on the lap of a television cameraman.
Britain’s Heather Watson was handed the heaviest fine of $12,000 after jamming her raquet into the ground during her defeat to Germany’s Annika Beck.
Australian Nick Kyrgios has been fined after both his matches so far and his $4,000 punishment for an audible obscenity during Friday’s second-round win over Dustin Brown took his tally to $6,500.
Novak Djokovic, bidding for a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major, suffered his earliest loss at a Slam since the 2009 French Open.