Wimbledon + Euro 2016

Murray odds-on as Querrey ousts Djokovic

Sam QuerryTennis – Wimbledon: Sam Querrey of the US pulled off a sensational victory over world number one Novak Djokovic, beating the title favourite in four sets 6-7 (6-8) 1-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) in a rain-interrupted match.

It is the first time Djokovic, holder of all four Grand Slam titles, has lost in the third round since 2009,  his first Wimbledon defeat in 17 matches and first defeat in 31 Grand Slam matches. It also scuppers his hopes of becoming the first man to win all four majors in a year since Rod Laver in 1969.

The result has opened up the Championship, already shorn of Rafael Nadal through injury, and leaves Andy Murray and Roger Federer as the most likely winners of the men’s singles title.

Murray was installed as 4/5 favourite with Federer 3/1.

Querrey, ranked 28, said: “It’s incredible, especially to do it here at Wimbledon. I’m so ecstatic, so happy. I think today I played the break points well.

“Every time he had a break point I was able to come up with a big serve. He came out and got the first four games; fortunately for me we had another rain delay and I got to regroup. I’m just taking it one round at a time, I’m not even sure who I’m playing next.”

A chastened Djokovic appeared out of sorts even before the match. Later he was clearly in no mood to elaborate on the reasons for his defeat.

Asked at his post-match press conference if he had been feeling 100%, he replied: “Not really,” adding that he thought his opponent deserved to win. When questioned about his demeanour during practice, he barked back: “I just said, I don’t want to talk about it. Please respect that.”

He wasted little time gathering his things leaving the complex, saying he wanted to “get away from tennis”. He confirmed that he will not be participating in this month’s Davis Cup tie between Serbia and Great Britain.

Former women’s singles winner Petra Kvitova (Cze) was knocked out by the Russian Ekaterina Makarova.


Euro 2016Football: Germany defeated Italy for the first time at a major tournament though it took a long penalty shoot-out to confirm their semi-final place at Euro 2016.

The world champions went ahead through Ozil on 65 minutes only for Boateng to concede a penalty which Bonucci converted 12 minutes from normal time.

Thirty minutes of extra play failed to break the deadlock and even though the Germans missed more penalties than they had in other tournaments they managed to maintain their spot-kick record of never losing a shoot-out since beaten by Czechoslovakia in 1976.

Germany finally prevailed 6-5 after Matteo Darmian became the fourth Italian to miss.

The match was also notable for being Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon’s 161st appearance for his country, putting the 38-year-old 10th on the international caps list.

It was also the final game in charge for coach Antonio Conte, who led his team to victories over much-fancied Belgium and holders Spain, and will take over as Chelsea head coach.

Germany will now meet either France or Iceland who play tonight.


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