American Sam Querrey has a knack for toppling defending champions at Wimbledon.
Last year it was Novak Djokovic and on Wednesday the 29-year-old San Francisco native knocked off top seed Andy Murray in five sets to advance to the semifinals, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1.
It’s the first time an American man has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009. Querrey, the No. 28 seed, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday. Cilic is 4-0 against Querrey, including Wimbledon matchups in 2009 and 2012.
Murray started off well enough against Querrey, a 2008 Olympian, but the American picked up momentum with his big serve and forehand en route to winning the second set. The top seed and local favorite, who has been hampered by a sore hip, came back and won the third set on a tiebreak. But Querrey was not to be stopped in the fourth and fifth sets as he won 12 out of the last 13 games.
Querrey is the first American man in the Open Era to beat the top seed at a Grand Slam two years in a row. This will be his first time in the semifinals in 42 Grand Slam appearances. Last year Querrey made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon but lost to Milos Raonic.