Top Seed Djokovic Falls in Third Round at Wimbledon

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Novak Djokovic might go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game of tennis.

World number one Novak Djokovic has refused to blame outside factors for his shock loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, instead praising the American for his performance.

WOMEN'S RESULTS IN THE SECOND ROUND Ekaterina Makarova beat No. 10 Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky beat Monica Niculescu, No. 18 Sloane Stephens beat Mandy Minella.

He went on to lose 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7/5), and while full of praise for his conqueror - who sent down 31 aces - his refusal to speak about what may have been troubling him left more questions than it did answers.

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The top-seeded three-time champion had also been striving to become the first player since American Don Budge in 1938 to win five consecutive grand slam titles. He didn't just appear to be unbeatable at the majors.

"We chose this (date) because I never saw myself as such a great grasscourt player... but winning Eastbourne and now being in the quarter-finals I would change my mind".

One round after denying Djokovic his shot at the calendar Grand Slam, the 6-foot-6 Querrey gave Mahut no shot on his first serve.

Murray had not dropped more than four games in a set across his first two matches and was not expected to be overly troubled by Millman, a 27-year-old journeyman who spent a spell working in the City while he recovered from a serious shoulder injury in 2013. After 2015, though, I was convinced he couldn't beat Novak Djokovic in a major tournament. The 29-year-old had made at least the quarter-finals of every major since the 2009 French Open prior to his defeat to Querrey.

But he and Andy Murray are certainly the primary beneficiaries of the shocking Djokovic exit. Against Querrey, he rarely seemed to be himself, and afterward, was asked whether he was 100 percent healthy.

"It's not a place and time to talk about it, the opponent was playing at a high level and deserved to win".

Given the good-natured banter between Murray and his coach Ivan Lendl, he might take extra satisfaction from a victory that took him past the Czech legend's total of 48 Wimbledon match wins. The Scot has to see Djokovic's departure as a golden opportunity to win his third major.

"You know, I haven't felt many nerves yet this week", Querrey said after winning against Mahut. Querrey knew he may never get a better chance and stood firm as the Serb fought back, clinching a memorable win as Djokovic faltered in the fourth-set tiebreak. Despite being halted by rain after being down two sets, Djokovic was unable to turn the match around losing 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5).

The sixth-seeded Canadian lost serve only once and downed the No. 28-seeded Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.

Djokovic had looked strangely out of sorts in the first chapter of the contest but he took advantage of an edgy Querrey to build a quick 4-0 lead on Saturday's resumption.

The drenched tournament cleared a backlog of matches and finally closed the second round Saturday, when two-time champion Petra Kvitova lost to Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 7-6 (5). Raonic also got to the semifinals at this year's Australian Open, falling to Andy Murray.

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