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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 49-38, 25-15, 25-30, 61-63 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    36 % Querrey – 58 of 160
    24 % Djokovic – 36 of 146

    Absolute shocker on Court no. 1! Djokovic [1] was on a 30-match winning streak at Slams having won 4 majors in a row, so people began talking that he would achieve something even Rod Laver couldn’t (the Australian won the calendar Slam in 1969, but skipped French Open ’70 before losing 4R at Wimbledon which snapped his 29-match winning streak). Djokovic had admittedly won 4 previous matches against Querrey [41] easily, but already in the 1st set it was clear that the American was enjoying a great service day. He was a better player in the opener and confirmed it with an 8/6 tie-break (led 6:4). Strange things happened in the 2nd set – Querrey led 4:1* (saving BP at 1-all) when the rain slightly began to fall and the Serb wasn’t interested at all in fighting for the last two games before the rain-break. It was already 8 pm, I assume he knew the weather forecast and concluded that it’d be better to restart the match the following day with a clear mind trailing 0-2 in sets instead of *2:5 in the 2nd set, and being focused on winning three straight sets from scratch. I was almost sure it’d happen because a year before Djokovic had won at Wimbledon a two-day match against Anderson (6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 – suspended at 2 sets apiece), a player of Querrey’s kind. The resumption initially confirmed my assumption – the Serb raced to a 5:0* lead and everything indicated he would win the 4th set with a break advantage like a year before vs Anderson… but Querrey was tremendously serving under pressure; he fought off 11 break points (three at 0:0, three at 1-all, two at 2-all and another three at 4-all before finally succumbing). Djokovic failed to serve the set out with a very poor FH-volley on break point, and as he trailed *5:6 another rain-break forced players to leave the court for an hour. When they came back, Djokovic won 9 points, lost 7, but in the end it meant he lost the match dropping the second tie-break 5/7 (he missed backhand down the line on the second match point) # Djokovic will lose similar match two years later in Paris. “It’s incredible, especially to do it here at Wimbledon,” said 28-year-old Querrey after ending one of the most dominant runs in tennis history. “I’m so ecstatic, so happy. I played the break points well and every time he had a break point I was able to come up with a big serve.”

    # Comparison of Djokovic’s similar defeats at Slams:
    Wimbledon 2016 (3R): Querrey d. Djokovic 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6… 2 hours 57 minutes… Total points: 160-146
    French Open 2018 (QF): Cecchinato d. Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6… 3 hours 26 minutes… Total points: 140-144

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