For the second consecutive year, Sam Querrey has stunned the No. 1 seed and defending champion at Wimbledon. On Wednesday, Querrey upset Andy Murray, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal – and the first Grand Slam semifinal for an American man since Andy Roddick reached the Wimbledon final in 2009.
Here’s a little more on the Wimbledon giant-slayer from California:
The Sam Querrey File
Residence: Santa Monica, CA
Current Rank: 28
Career-High Rank: 17 (January 2011)
Best US Open Finish: 4R (2008, 2010)
- Querrey’s victory over Murray continues his impressive run through the Wimbledon draw. He has now won three consecutive five-set matches, adding his triumph over Murray to go-the-distance wins over No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former Top 10 player Kevin Anderson in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. The loss was Murray’s first to an American since Alex Bogomolov Jr. bested him in Miami in 2011, while for Querrey, the maiden semifinal came in his 42nd Grand Slam main draw.
- Querrey reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal a year ago at the All England Club, defeating top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic en route. The victory snapped Djokovic’s 30-match Grand Slam winning streak and denied the Serb a chance at his fifth consecutive Grand Slam singles title.
- Querrey has now posted 2017 victories over Murray, current world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and Top 20 players David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem. The latter four wins all came in Acapulco, where the unseeded Querrey knocked off five Top 50 players to claim his ninth career ATP title.
- Prior to his recent run of success on the London lawns, Querrey had posted his best major results at the US Open. He staged his international breakthrough as an 18-year-old at the 2006 US Open, defeating 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio in the first round. He then reached the round of 16 in 2008 and again in 2010, and he has advanced to the third round in Flushing Meadows on three other occasions.
- Querrey has also been an outstanding performer during the US Open Series. He was the overall Series champion in 2009 and owns three singles titles at the former Series event in Los Angeles.
They Said It!
“I’m still in a little bit of shock myself. I’m just thrilled right now. I didn’t start my best, [but] I just kept with it, kept swinging away and then just kind of found my rhythm in the fourth and fifth sets. And then everything seemed to be falling my way then. This is a dream come true, to be in the semifinals, and for it to be at Wimbledon makes it a little more special.” – Querrey, following his five-set upset win over Murray on Wednesday