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Djoker Goes Down; Men’s Draw Wide Open

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Well it happened; someone finally beat Novak Djokovic. The Serb had been invincible ever since the French Open in 2015. After that stunning loss to Stan Wawrinka, Djokovic went on an unbelievable tear. He’s won every major since then and there just hasn’t been anyone who has been able to step up to him.

Enter Sam Querrey. The American brought his A-game on Saturday, and the weather sort of helped him too. For one thing, Querrey’s serve was able to give Djokovic a lot of trouble early. At 6 foot 6, it’s not surprising that Querrey can put some english on the serve. He also is a very good grass-court player, so this had all the makings of a potentially troublesome match for Djokovic. Even then though, not many gave Querrey a shot.

On Friday, Querrey stormed out of the gates. He won the first two sets 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 before play was suspended for the day. When play resumed on Saturday, it looked like Djokovic was going to regain control of the match as he rattled off four straight games en route to a third set victory. The momentum was short-lived though as the fourth set was pretty even.

Querrey took a 6-5 lead in the fourth and then the skies opened up again. Djokovic would hold and force a tiebreaker, but Querrey would not be denied.

The loss snapped a 30 match win streak in Grand Slams for Djokovic, and it also has major repercussions on the rest of the tournament. The remaining favorites are Federer, Wawrinka and the hometown hero Andy Murray.

Given Roger Federer’s championship pedigree and grass-court prowess, not to mention my own personal bias as a Fed fan, I like him to win his 18th major. The Stanimal has power, and Murray has a lot of speed and defense, but I don’t think either of them quite have the same championship mentality as Federer. We’ll see what happens though as the second week of Wimbledon unfolds.

 

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