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Djokovic leaves Wimbledon

Djokovic leaves Wimbledon

Serbian Novak Djokovic was left without the possibility of being the second tennis player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a year, when he fell in the third round of Wimbledon against American Sam Querrey.

Djokovic, world number one, lost to the 28th by 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6 and 7-6 (7/5), in a match that began on Friday and ended on Saturday by four interruptions due to rain.

The Serbian tennis player, who had won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, was left without the possibility of winning the four major tournaments in a year and repeating the feat of the Australian Rod Laver in 1969, the only one who has achieved it in the professional era .

“It’s amazing to have beaten Djokovic at Wimbledon, I’m so happy,” said Querrey, who at 28 has never won a Grand Slam tournament.

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Djokovic, for his part, suggested that he was not at 100% of his possibilities, but did not want to “detract from the merits to the contrary.”

«I knew it would be very difficult to break his serve if he was on a roll, he finds the corners very well. He also gave risky blows that turned out well, “said the Serbian at the end of the match.

Querrey will face Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the fourth round, who eliminated his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The 29-year-old Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon winner, had faced Querrey nine times and lost only once, on the hard surface of the Paris-Bercy tournament.

It was the first time they had met on grass. Like many American players, Querrey has a very powerful serve – he hit 31 aces – but he also moved very well, both in defense and attack.

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– Unprecedented since 2009 –
Djokovic shrugged his arm many times, missing easy shots from all areas of the court, a sign of a lack of confidence perhaps due to the thrashing on Friday, when his opponent beat him the first two sets before the rain interruption.

The Serbian, who had not been eliminated in the third round of a major tournament since Roland Garros in 2009, looked vulnerable again for the first time in a long time.

Djokovic had managed to come back four times from a match that had put him two sets to zero against, the last in 2015 at Wimbledon, against South African Kevin Anderson, in an edition that he ended up winning.

The Serbian ruled out that the interruptions due to the rain had to do with his defeat: «They were the same for both of us, there is no need to talk about the interruptions, the conditions were the same for both and I am sure that they also caused frustration among the public. ».

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When asked if he was not 100%, he replied “no, really”, not wanting to elaborate.

Djokovic thinks it is too early to say whether the loss will affect him. “It’s only been 20 minutes since I left the court, it is difficult to say what will happen, but it is not the first time that I lose a match in a Grand Slam tournament, I know what to do.”

“It has been a very successful year, but also a very long and exhausting one,” concluded the Serbian, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments.

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