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Querrey outlasts ailing Murray

Querrey outlasts ailing Murray

American Sam Querrey has ended Andy Murray's defence of his Wimbledon title and will move on to face Marin Cilic in the semi-finals at SW19. Murray looked to be on his way through to the last four when he took a two sets to win lead, but, as he started to struggle with a hip problem, Querrey stepped up to the plate and took the final two sets in some style.

The big-serving 29-year-old eventually completed a 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 victory to become the first American to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for eight years. And Querrey was delighted with his efforts, telling BBC Sport: "I didn't start my best, but I kept with it, kept swinging away, then really found a groove in the fourth and fifth set and everything started falling my way. It feels great - this is a dream come true to be in the semi-finals and to have it at Wimbledon makes it feel more special. I'm going to enjoy this win a little bit longer, then have an easy day tomorrow and get ready for the semis."

Former US Open champion Cilic also needed five sets to secure his passage to the last four for the first time in his career, having lost in the quarter-finals in each of the last three years. The Croat eventually got the better of the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal, Gilles Muller, winning 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1. He and Querrey have met four times previously, with Cilic winning all four. Significantly three of those victories came on grass - including wins at Wimbledon in both 2009 and 2012, both of which came in five sets.

Cilic is available at 3/10 to defeat Querrey for a fifth consecutive time and is 5/1 to prevail in another five-setter, with the Croat 4/1 to go all the way and be crowned Wimbledon champion.





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