Djokovic stunned by Querrey at Wimbledon


Novak Djokovic’s 30-match Grand Slam winning streak is over after a stunning 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) loss to 41st-ranked Sam Querrey in Wimbledon’s third round.

Djokovic had won the past four major titles in a row – and was halfway to the first calendar-year Grand Slam for a man since Rod Laver’s in 1969.

The match ended Saturday, when it was interrupted by three rain delays.

They began playing Friday, when Querrey grabbed a two-set lead before play was suspended by showers.

When they resumed Saturday, two-time defending Wimbledon champion Djokovic quickly took a 5-0 lead en route to winning the third set, and then he served for the fourth at 5-4. But he was broken there, and they headed to a tiebreaker. The match closed on a forehand error by Djokovic.

4:50 p.m.

Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey are back out on court after their third rain delay of the day.

They resume with two-time defending Wimbledon champion Djokovic serving to stay in the third-round match, trailing 6-5 in the fourth set and down two sets to one.

The match began Friday night, when play was halted because of rain after Querrey took the opening two sets.

4:40 p.m.

The All England Club says all 22,000 tickets for the middle Sunday at Wimbledon sold out in 27 minutes.

Organizers decided to play on Sunday for only the fourth time in the tournament’s 139-year history after severe delays because of rain.

4 p.m.

Kei Nishikori has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and equaled his best performance at the All England Club.

Nishikori beat Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 in less than two hours. He made only 14 unforced errors.

That set up Nishikori against Marin Cilic, who beat the Japanese star in the 2014 U.S. Open final.

Since then, Nishikori has won both of his matches with the Croat, both last year on outdoor hard courts. Their fourth-round match will be their first on grass.

3:50 p.m.

With Novak Djokovic one game from a stunning loss to Sam Querrey, rain is again delaying play at Wimbledon.

Djokovic, who has a 30-match Grand Slam winning streak, was about to serve while trailing 6-5 in the fourth set Saturday, and down two sets to one.

Querrey won the first two sets of their third-round match before play was stopped because of rain Friday evening. Djokovic then took the third set Saturday.

3:15 p.m.

Alexander Zverev finished off his match on Saturday, and finally completed the men’s second round at Wimbledon.

The 24th-seeded German beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

There is one more second-round match still to be completed, between two-time champion Petra Kvitova and Ekaterina Makarova.

Because of the rain at Wimbledon this week, organizers have decided to play on the middle Sunday for only the fourth time in the tournament’s 139-year history.

2:56 p.m.

After a quick break for a short rain delay, Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey are back on court at Wimbledon.

Because the rain delay was so brief, only about 10 minutes, the players resumed the match immediately, skipping the usual warm-up period.

Top-ranked Halep wins tough 3-setter in Miami

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania struggled to post a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 second-round win over French lucky loser Oceane Dodin at the Miami Open on Thursday.

In the first career meeting between the players, Halep allowed the 98th-ranked Dodin to break her serve on six of seven opportunities she presented in the match, which lasted more than two hours.

Halep broke Dodin’s serve for the seventh time at 4-4 in the third set before closing it out.

Halep played in her third career Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January, but has yet to secure a Grand Slam trophy.

Halep’s best Miami Open was reaching the 2015 semifinals.

Also Thursday, former No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

Kerber is 19-4 this year and has reached at least the quarterfinals of all five tournaments she’s played.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open champion, won her first tournament since that U.S. Open at Sydney in January. She also reached the Australian Open semifinals.

Serena Williams loses in first round at Miami Open to Osaka

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Serena Williams lost in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday, still rusty in her return from pregnancy and unable to overcome a tough draw against Naomi Osaka, who won 6-3, 6-2.

The 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve, and in rallies wore down Williams working her from side to side.

The matchup worthy of a final came about because both players are unseeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best 22nd, while Williams’ ranking is 491st after her layoff of more than a year.

Another new mother and former No. 1, three-time Key Biscayne champion Victoria Azarenka, defeated Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-0.

Williams has endured a first-round defeat only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open. The latest loss came at a tournament she has won a record eight times and considers her hometown event.

The match was the last for Williams at Key Biscayne, 90 miles south of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, and Williams helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.

After her defeat, she left without speaking to the media.

Because of Williams’ ranking, she entered the draw as a wild card, and looked the part. She was a step slow to balls in the corners and often late with her swing, while she put barely half her first serves in play.

Osaka, who has both American and Japanese citizenship and lives in Fort Lauderdale, was playing her idol for the first time but didn’t seem a bit fazed. She improved to 14-4 this year.

Things may get tougher for her in the second round, when she’ll face No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina.

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