LONDON, July 14, 2017
Sam Querrey defeated reigning Wimbledon champion and No. 1 seed Andy Murray of Great Britain in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of The Championships 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 to become the first US-American man to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final since Andy Roddick advanced to the Wimbledon title match in 2009.
Querrey, seeded 24th at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will face seventh-seeded Croat Marin Cilic, who beat Gilles Muller in the stage of the final eight, in Friday’s semi-finals.
The 29-year old San Francisco native, who currently lives in Santa Monica, California and is ranked No. 28 in the world has defeated the top seed and defending champion at Wimbledon two years in a row after taking out Novak Djokovic last year in the third round, stopping Djokovic’s 30-match win streak at Grand Slams.
Sam Querrey – USTA Quick Facts
- Coached by Craig Boynton, whom he shares with US-American Steve Johnson
- Currently works with USTA strength and conditioning coach Gena Ball at the USTA Training Center — West in Carson, Calif.
- Turned pro in 2006 instead of taking a scholarship to USC
- Won his first ATP title at 20 years old in 2008 at the event in Las Vegas, where he lived from 1995-98
- Defeated Rafael Nadal to win his ninth career ATP title in March, at Acapulco
- Reached a career-high No. 17 in the world in 2011
- His father, Mike, was an infielder drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round in 1979 and played collegiate baseball at the University of Arizona
- Started playing tennis at age 7, after his family moved to Santa Rosa, Calif.; Began focusing on it exclusively at 15, choosing tennis over baseball, football and basketball
- Has a younger sister, Ellen, who played volleyball at Arizona
- Appeared on an episode of Bravo’s “Millioinaire Matchmaker” in 2015