Djokovic knocked out of Wim­ble­don

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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.

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