“I believe in positive things in life, and I managed to win four Grand Slams in a row — two different seasons, though. I want to try to focus on that,” the No. 1-seeded Djokovic said, “rather than failure.”
Djokovic last exited as early as the third round at any major tournament all the way back in 2009, when he departed the French Open at that stage. He made at least the semifinals at Wimbledon every year since 2010.
Yet things began looking bleak for Djokovic when the match began Friday and he dropped the first two sets against Querrey, an American ranked 41st. Djokovic, normally so consistent, so efficient, never quite seemed to be himself, and after the match, asked whether he was 100 per cent healthy, the 29-year-old Serb replied: “Not really, but it’s not the place and time to talk about it.”
Djokovic took the third set, then went up a break in the fourth at 5-4 by pounding a forehand winner that brought coach Boris Becker to his feet. But serving to even the match at two sets apiece, Djokovic faltered.
That game included two calls against Djokovic which, according to the BBC broadcast, were incorrect — but he was out of challenges and so couldn’t ask for a review. Querrey, 0 for 6 on break points in the set until then, converted No. 7 when Djokovic’s poor forehand volley found the net for 5-all.
After Querrey held for 6-5, Saturday’s third rain delay arrived. When they resumed, Djokovic got to a tiebreaker, which he led 3-1. But Querrey hung in there, and a stray forehand by the big favourite sailed wide to end it.
“He overpowered me,” Djokovic said.
Murray has lost to Novak Djokovic in the finals of both the Australian Open and French Open this year. With Djokovic losing Saturday, the second-seeded Murray could face seven-time champion Roger Federer in the final.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost Saturday at the All England Club.
The 10th-seeded Czech player lost to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the final second-round match of the tournament.
Kvitova won the Wimbledon title in 2011 and `14. Makarova’s best showing at Wimbledon was a quarterfinal appearance in 2014.