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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.