Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by big-serving Sam Querrey on Saturday, shattering his hopes of securing the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years.
The world number one, bidding for a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major, suffered his earliest loss at a Slam since the 2009 French Open.
The 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) defeat, played out after an overnight suspension and two further lengthy rain interruptions, also ended Djokovic's Open era record run of 30 successive wins at the majors and his streak of having reached 28 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals.
The win also opens up the doors for Andy Murray and Roger Federer to end Djokovic's stronghold on the Slam titles.
Reminder: Sam Querrey was a 20-1 underdog to beat Djokovic. pic.twitter.com/2wOy8aCo3R— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 2, 2016
Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam record since 7th June 2015:WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWL#Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2016
Let's go live to the camps of Roger Federer and Andy Murray upon hearing that Djokovic has lost pic.twitter.com/Rpqcd5r33D— trey wingo (@wingoz) July 2, 2016
American 28th seed Querrey, the world number 41, goes on to face 34-year-old Frenchman Nicolas Mahut for a place in the quarter-finals.
With AFP inputs (Featured image: Twitter)