13 Jul 2017

Murray and Djokovic out

8:21 am on 13 July 2017

The top two men's seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, have both crashed out of Wimbledon following quarter final defeats this morning.

Andy Murray's in top form heading into Wimbledon

Andy Murray's in top form heading into Wimbledon Photo: Photosport

Murray, the defending champion, was beaten in a painful five-set decider against American Sam Querrey while Djokovic retired hurt just two games into the second set of his match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Murray's hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 defeat while battling a recurring hip injury.

The encounter ended in almost brutal fashion, as Murray struggled to move freely around the court in the final two sets and the big-serving Querrey ruthlessly put him to the sword, wrapping up victory with his 27th booming ace.

Despite the best efforts of the Centre Court crowd to cajole a miracle recovery from the limping Briton, Murray's troublesome hip proved beyond help and he was swiftly dispatched, with the final two sets taking just under 47 minutes.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through the semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic retired from his quarter-final because of an elbow injury. Photo: Photosport

Querrey can now lay claim to the title of Wimbledon's chief giant-killer, after slaying then champion Novak Djokovic last year.

Meanwhile an upper arm injury forced Novak Djokovic to abandon his Wimbledon campaign midway through his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

The three-time champion retired while trailing the Czech world No.15 and former finalist 7-6 (7-2) 2-0 on Court 1.

Djokovic's departure leaves world No.5 and seven-times champion Roger Federer as the highest remaining man in the draw.

New Zealand number one Michael Venus and his American partner Ryan Harrison also fell short in their quarter final match.

Their match against Finlands Henri Kontinen and John Peers from Australia had to be abandoned yesterday with the match all tied up at one set all and 3-4 in the third.

When they retruned to the court Venus and Harrison rallied to win the third set and pushed the second set to 6-all before going down 9-7 in the tie breaker.

Down a set, Venus and Harrison derailed in the fifth, losing the final set 6-1, bringing their run at the All England Club to an end.