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Djokovic stunned by Querrey at Wimbledon

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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.

2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova wins return from knife attack

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PARIS —¬†Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players’ lounge in the French Open’s main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday.

She found her father, Jiri, and her brother, also Jiri, who greeted her with warm embraces and joyous kisses on the cheek. Kvitova’s family members rarely attend her tournaments, but this was different – “special” was the word she, and others, kept using.

Less than six months after a knife attack at her home, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova was back competing, winning the first match of her comeback 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States.

“I’m happy with the game, of course,” Kvitova said, “but I mean, it wasn’t really about the game today.”

Indeed, just being there under a cloud-filled sky at Court Philippe Chatrier was a triumph of sorts for Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand – the one she uses to hold her racket – after being stabbed by an intruder in the Czech Republic in late December. She was undecided until late last week whether to even try to play in the French Open.

“For us, it’s amazing. It’s miracle. Not even me or Petra thought she could be ready to come back so soon,” said her coach, Jiri Novak. “The prognosis was, let’s just say, not optimistic.”

During her on-court interview, Kvitova addressed Novak, her family and others in her guest box, saying: “Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this difficult time.”

Several members of her entourage wore black T-shirts with white capital letters on the front that read, “Courage. Belief. Pojd.” That last word, which is the Czech equivalent of “Come on!” and was spelled with a red heart instead of the “O,” is often yelled by Kvitova to celebrate particularly good shots.

“The belief and the mind, the heart, it’s really important,” Kvitova said afterward. “So that’s … what we try to show everyone. I hope that it will be kind of inspiration for other people, as well.”

There were plenty of opportunities for her to clench a fist and scream “Pojd!” on Sunday against Boserup, who was making her debut in the French Open’s main draw and facing a lefty for the first time.

“She’s one of the nicest girls, and we are all really happy to see her back. After what she went through, it’s incredible,” Boserup said. “So it’s a victory for her to be back on court. It was really special.”

Kvitova began things with a quick forehand winner on the opening point.

“Amazing,” she said. “I surprised myself.”

Kvitova wound up compiling the match’s first 10 winners and finished with a 31-9 edge in that category. She took 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 3-0 lead and never really faced a whole lot of resistance, other than when she saved three break points – the only ones she had to deal with in the match – while ahead 3-1.

When it was over, Kvitova dropped her racket near the baseline and removed her blue headband. As she walked to the net for a handshake, her eyes welled with tears.

“We are happy that she is healthy. The hand is good – and also the head,” her brother Jiri said. “Mentally, she is back.”

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Venus Williams eases into French Open’s second round after beating Qiang Wang

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In a record 20th appearance at the French Open, Venus Williams eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over Qiang Wang of China.

Williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points to win 6-4, 7-6 (3).

The 36-year-old American will play Kurumi Nara of Japan in the next round.