John Lloyd: It's boom time for British tennis - despite Andy Murray's defeat

Andy Murray defeated Benoit Paire in straight sets on Monday

Andy Murray defeated Benoit Paire in straight sets on Monday

After bring knocked out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage, Andy Murray was forced to go through the post-match interview with reporters just moments after his devastating loss to US player, Sam Querrey.

However, defending champion Murray, severely restricted by a right hip injury, was dethroned by Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.

Querrey's semifinal match on Friday will be against former U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, who got past 16th-seeded Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1. "I'm still in a state of shock".

Jamie, who is still going in the tournament after reaching the mixed doubles semi-finals with Martina Hingis, said: "I just messaged him last night saying 'Bad luck' and 'How are you?'".

The encounter ended in almost brutal fashion, as Murray struggled to move freely around the court in the final two sets and the big-serving Querrey ruthlessly put him to the sword, wrapping up victory with his 27th booming ace.

It got worse for Murray as his opponent raced to a 3-0 lead in the fifth before finally ending Querrey's eight-game streak with a hold of serve.

Querrey, seeded 24th, grew in both confidence and stature on Wednesday to sensationally beat the World No. 1 on Centre Court for a place in his first major semi-final. "It means a lot". Andy reminded everyone that female tennis players aren't invisible, giving the best response to the reporter's casual sexism.

"It's one of those things where, to be quite frank, you never think it will happen to you". I kept my cool.

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With the glory days of the likes of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in the past, American men's tennis has suffered something of a dip in recent years, and Querrey hopes his success can prove a turning point.

Back in August 2016 Murray also corrected a journalist who said he was the first person to win two Olympic gold medals in tennis. "It wasn't like I was, like, a million miles away from winning the match", Murray said. "Sam plays really well, especially this season".

The Swiss star reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 12th time on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic.

Querrey hit 27 aces against Murray and was impeccable for portions of the match, finishing with 70 winners and only 30 unforced errors.

After losing to Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, Federer shut down his season to rest a knee injury which had already required surgery earlier in 2016.

It is the second successive year that Querrey has dumped out the defending champion and top seed at the All England Club. He will play Czech Tomas Berdych, the 11th seed, in the last four.

Three-time winner Djokovic was also heading for the exit after the second seed quit his quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych with a right elbow injury while trailing 7-6 (2), 2-0. Even though he kept insisting once the tournament began that he was OK, he was not capable of his best.

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