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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Stricken Murray has to call time

Andy Murray heads for the locker room after losing his quarter-final against Sam Querrey. Pic: Reuters
Andy Murray heads for the locker room after losing his quarter-final against Sam Querrey. Pic: Reuters

Andy Murray said he did the best he could after his Wimbledon title defence was brought to an end in the quarter-finals by Sam Querrey and his dodgy hip.

The top seed has limped throughout the tournament and lost 12 of the last 13 games in a 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 6-1 loss to Querrey.

Murray was forced to take two days away from the practice courts on the eve of the tournament before declaring himself fit.

He managed to defeat Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown, Fabio Fognini and Benoit Paire but Querrey proved a challenge too far.

Proud

Murray said: "The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore. But I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had. I'm proud about that.

"But it's obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There's obviously an opportunity there. So I'm sad that it's over."

Murray will sit down with coach Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team today to discuss where they go from here, with the priority being to ensure the next time the Scot sets foot on a tennis court he is able to move freely.

The US Open is less than seven weeks away but both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have shown this season the benefit of taking a lengthy break.

Murray said: "Before the tournament, it was very short-term because you want to play Wimbledon.

"I'll get the best advice I can, then stick with that. If it means taking a few weeks' rest, then so be it. If it means training and doing the right rehab and stuff, then I'll do that.

"I did the best that I could. Obviously I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did okay.

"The US Open's six, seven weeks away. I'll sit down with my team tomorrow and come up with a plan for what I have to do next."

Novak Djokovic's hopes of winning a fourth Wimbledon title were scuppered by injury after the Serbian was forced to retire against Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic had lost the first set in a tie-break and was down a break in the second when he withdrew from his quarter-final, with Berdych up 7-6 (7/2) 2-0.

Berdych will face 18-time grand slam champion Roger Federer for a place in the final on Sunday. Roger Federer went where Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic could not as the Swiss eased into the Wimbledon semi-finals by beating Milos Raonic in straight sets.

Federer walked out on Centre Court after Murray's shock defeat to Sam Querrey and then saw it announced on screen that Djokovic had retired injured from his match against Tomas Berdych.

But there were no surprises for the 18-time major champion, who kept his hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title alive with a 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7/4) victory.

Marin Cilic rained down 33 aces as he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time with a five-set win over Gilles Muller.

Croatian world number six Cilic has been tipped for the title since day one by his compatriot and former coach Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion at the All England Club.

And he showed the tenacity that may be required to take the next step into the final as he beat Rafael Nadal's conqueror Muller 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 5-7 6-1 on Court One.

It took three and a half hours for Cilic to fend off 34-year-old Luxembourg left-hander Muller, but the effort paid off as he teed up a surprise semi-final clash with Sam Querrey.

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