Roger Federer must be the happiest man in tennis after Novak Djokovic suffered an upset loss to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon 2016.
The defeat by Djokovic to Querrey means that the Serbian will be stuck at 12 Grand Slam titles at this point of his career.
Federer and Djokovic are in the race for the all-time greatest in tennis with the Swiss having the Grand Slam title wins lead, 17-12.
Djokovic fell to American Sam Querrey in four sets, 6-7 (6) 1-6 6-3 6-7 (5) on Saturday to get eliminated at Wimbledon 2016. Many tennis experts consider the feat as one of the biggest upsets in recent years.
The Serbian already won the first two Grand Slam tournament of the year, Australian Open and French Open and was also looking for his third Wimbledon title after wins in 2014 and 2015.
However, Sam Querrey had other plans for Djokovic. The American won the tiebreaker in the tough first set and surprisingly won the easy second set (6-1).
Djokovic mounted a comeback to win the third set. Djokovic had his chances in the fourth set but lost the tiebreak again.
Djokovic remained a sport in the post-match press conference offering no excuses for the defeat.
“I don’t want to take anything out of victory for my opponent. The rain delays were the same for both of us. It’s not really necessary to talk about the interruptions. He played very well and he deserved to win. I had my chances in the fourth, serving for the set. I just wasn’t feeling the ball as well as I wished. But that’s sport,” Djokovic said of the Wimbledon 2016 loss.
Djokovic was hoping to win his “Calendar Slam” this year and get nearer to Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record of 17 majors win.
However, the Djokovic defeat at Wimbledon 2016 to Sam Querrey will be big down the line as the Serbian wants the “all-time greatest” in tennis status by the end of his career. Roger Federer is also still alive in the tournament and could get his 18th Grand Slam title and create some more distance from Novak Djokovic if the Swiss wins in London.
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