Novak Djokovic pulls out of Wimbledon jersey quarter-final

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With uncanny synchronicity, the electronic scoreboard behind Andy Murray Muller said the break at the start of the fifth had been crucial. Michael Stone Jersey clicked to show that Roger Federer, a monument to longevity, had broken Milos Raonic to lead 4-2 in their Wimbledon quarter-final just as the injured Scot was hinting he might not play again before the US Open, which begins on 28 August – 20 days after the Swiss’s 36th birthday.Murray, who turned 30 in May, lost in five sets against Sam Querrey, and is feeling the rigours of the game more than he might have imagined after rising to world No1 last November. He was sanguine in defeat, an ordeal stretched over two hours and 42 minutes on Centre Court that clearly strained his throbbing hip to the limit of his pain threshold.He was not relieved to be out of the tournament, he said, less worried about the prospect of losing his No1 ranking (which he will keep anyway after Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal), and is perhaps quietly happy to finally have some time to rest a chronic injury that flared to crisis point at just the wrong time.“Before the tournament [planning] was very short term, because you want to play Wimbledon,” Murray said, reflecting on nine days in which he won four matches with varying degrees of conviction and hobbled into the quarter-finals in obvious distress.When Querrey overcame a slow start to serve him out of the Championships with 27 aces on a mild and windless afternoon, winning 3-6, 6-4 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1, a sense of deflation spread through the tournament.“You want to play all of the slams and give your best there. I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did OK. Now I’ll sit down with my team and look at the next step, look a little bit longer term. The US Open is six, seven weeks away. 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, then I’ll do that.”It was only the third time in 28 matches that he has failed to beat Denis Savard Authentic Jersey Berdych and the No 11 seed, the runner-up here in 2010, will now play the seven-times champion Roger Federer for a place in the final. Berdych didn’t face a single break point on his serve and after taking the tiebreak 7-2, Djokovic immediately took a medical timeout. The break didn’t help as Berdych broke serve to lead 2-0 and that was enough for Djokovic as he decided not to continue.It was in Paris last month that Djokovic was asked if he thought he needed a break from the sport to get his motivation back. Now the decision may now be taken out of his hands. If he requires surgery, he will almost certainly miss at least the US Open next month.“It is really hard to swallow, when you have to retire, especially when you’re playing well,” the 30-year-old said. “I was playing really well, I thought, probably the best tennis I’ve played in the last 10 months or so. I played great. I didn’t drop a set in Eastbourne [in the warm-up event] or coming into the quarter-finals today. I felt really good on the court.Having dominated the game between 2013 and 2015, Djokovic Brayden Schenn Authentic Jersey agreed that the efforts of trying to stay at the top, as with Andy Murray, were beginning to take their toll. “It could be,” he said. “We both had a very long, very tough year, a lot of matches, a lot of emotions, a lot of things in play. Our bodies have taken a lot physically.“It’s not easy to kind of play on the highest level throughout the entire season, then be able to do that over and over again every season, and then stay healthy. At the end of the day, we’re all humans. We’ve got to go through these stages.”In 2010, Berdych beat Federer and Djokovic to reach his only grand slam final. Now, he’ll try to do it again, in reverse order, having lost to Federer at the Australian Open and again in Miami this year.“I thought that the match we played [in Melbourne], I have probably never seen him playing better tennis, that’s true,” he said. “Then I played him in Miami, I almost beat him, had a match point. Now for the third one, hopefully the luck [will be] for me.”Every now and again, Marin Cilic puts his head above the parapet and when he does he is a genuine contender. The Croat did it at the US Open when he won his first grand slam title in 2014 and on Wednesday, his 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 win against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg put him into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.Wimbledon quarter-finals: Murray falls to Querrey, Djokovic forced to retire, Federer beats Raonic - as it happened Game-by-game report: Roger Federer was the only member of the Big Four still standing after Andy Murray hobbled to a five-set defeat to Sam Querrey, who will play Marin Cilic, and Novak Djokovic retired injured against Tomas Berdych A quarter-finalist in each of the past three years, the 28-year-old seventh seed hammered 32 aces and finally got the better of the 34-year-old Muller, who ran out of steam in the final set, the effort of his epic win against Rafael Nadal in the previous round eventually catching up with him. With the American Sam Querrey having beaten the world No1 Andy Murray, Cilic must now be favourite to reach his first final.


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