Wimbledon Men's Quarter Finals
Murray and Djokovic out through injury
Sam Querrey bt Andy Murray 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1
Tomas Berdych bt Novak Djokovic (retired through injury)
Roger Federer bt Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4)
Marin Cilic bt Gilles Muller in five sets 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 5-7 6-1.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic bowed of Wimbledon through injury, leaving question marks over their immediate plans and longer term doubts about how long they can remain at the top of world tennis.
Murray said he would take advice amid calls from top figures in the game for him to take a break to allow his body to recover. Djokovic is likely to miss the US Open.
Murray relinquished his crown after an inspired performance by the giant American Sam Querrey, but clearly struggling with his injured hip during the latter part of the match.
He was outplayed during the last two sets, losing 12 of the last 14 games to the 24th seed. He won just nine points on serve in each of the fourth and fifth sets.
At one stage the Scot led by a set and a break, but less than two hours later he was bundled out after a powerful performance by his 29-year-old opponent who served up 27 aces.
Querrey is the first American man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam since Andy Roddick finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2009. An American has not won a Slam for 14 years.
Djokovic was forced to retire from his quarter final against Tomas Berdych with the score at 6-7 (2-7) 0-2.
The Serb was suffering pain in his arm and called for treatment. He had a medical time out during his match against Mannarino.
Querry will play Cilic and Berdych will meet Federer in the semi-finals.
It is the first time since 2005 that only one member of the Big Four – Roger Federer – has made it to the semis.
A number of players have withdrawn from this year’s tournament through injury, and others have struggled to complete matches.
It will not only put the participation of some at the US Open in doubt, but will also open debate about the gruelling demands they put on their bodies – and whether some are being selfish by entering for the qualifying money and denying fit players from taking part.
First round Wimbledon losers bank £35,000, prompting some to wonder if the sums of money at stake were the deciding factor on why unfit players turned up.
Federer said: “A player should not go on court if he knows he could not finish. The question is, did they truly believe they were going to finish? If they did, I think it’s okay that they walk on court. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot.”
Much has been made of the endurance of modern players are their ability to continue competing at the highest level into their thirties. Yet a number of those in the older age group have been forced to retire from matches.
Novak Djokovic admitted he and Andy Murray may be paying the price for their 18 months of dominance of men’s tennis after both crashed out of Wimbledon with long-standing injuries.
Djokovic said: “We both had a very long, very tough year, a lot of matches, a lot of emotions, a lot of things in play. Our bodies have taken a lot physically.
“At a certain stage of your career, you’re going to experience these kind of things.
“Professional tennis is getting very physical in the last couple of years. It’s not easy to play on the highest level throughout the entire season then be able to do that over and over again every season, and then stay healthy. At the end of the day, we’re all humans.”
Nick Kyrgios was the first to pull after failing to recover from a hip injury he aggravated at London’s Queen’s Club.
Denis Istomin and Viktor Troicki followed suit before Martin Klizan, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Janko Tipsarevic and Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez also quit.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 32, was wheeled out of the courts when she dislocated her kneecap in her match against Sorana Cirstea.
Stan Wawrinka, 32, was clearly struggling with a troublesome knee as he crashed out in the first round to 49th seed Daniil Medvedev.
Novak Djokovic, 30, retired in his quarter final match against Tomas Berdych with a recurrence of an elbow injury.
Andy Murray, 30, struggled through five sets against Sam Querrey in his quarter final tie only to admit later that his hip problem had been troubling him.