Murray hobbles out of Wimbledon

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A clearly injured Andy Murray today faded badly in the fourth and fifth sets of his Wimbledon quarter-final against Sam Querrey, capitulating 3-6 6-4 7-6 6-1 6-1 against the American.



Murray’s hip has been the subject of fierce debate throughout these championships. The Scot had done his best to hide the extent of the injury. But there was no disguising it today, as he hobbled between points and leant on his racket.

Murray started brightly enough, taking the first eight points. The top seed consolidated that break to take the first set 6-3.

At 3-3 in the second set, a double-fault from Querrey followed by a crosscourt backhand and a drilled pass down the line from Murray earned a break of serve. The Scot seemed set fair for an eighth win in nine matches against the 6-foot 6-inch American.

But Querrey struck back immediately, held serve and was able to exert enough pressure on the following Murray delivery to seal the set.

Murray regrouped to break at the start of the third and held his advantage until 5-4. Serving for the set, the world number one suddenly looked less than mobile and the American broke back.

The reigning Wimbledon champion somehow scrambled to a tiebreak, which Querrey played wretchedly, Murray serving out for 7-4.

From thereon in, it became abundantly clear that the Scot was hobbled. In each of the final two sets, he won just nine points on serve and clocked an average speed on his first delivery of only 108mph.

Towards the end of the final set, it seemed Murray had resigned himself to his fate when the world number 28 sent down a couple of aces that Murray didn’t even attempt to send back.

Credit to Querrey for keeping his composure but, in truth, the American had to do very little to depose the reigning Wimbledon champion for the second year running. He sealed the match with his 27th ace.

Querrey moves on to contest a semi-final against either Marin Cilic or Gilles Muller, while Murray will no doubt take some much-needed time out to let his body heal ahead of the demanding US hardcourts swing.

Thanks for that report Nigel.  I just hope and pray Andy does take that rest before the US swing and manages to salvage something out of the rest of the season.
July 12, 2017, 04:43 PM
By Aileen

Yes indeed. I too hope he rests and gets lasting treatment, Aileen. Thankyou too Nigel, excellent report. Andy will always be a very special person to us all.
July 12, 2017, 05:02 PM
By janscribe

In press conference, he just said his hip is a long-standing problem and it's getting worse as he gets older.
July 12, 2017, 05:02 PM
By Grabcopy

In press conference, he just said his hip is a long-standing problem and it's getting worse as he gets older.
Oh bloody hell!
July 12, 2017, 05:05 PM
By blueberryhill

I wish he would just retire while he can still walk.
July 12, 2017, 05:20 PM
By iamabritt

Thank you grabcopy , sad day Frown
July 12, 2017, 07:00 PM
By deb

He also said it's all down to wear and tear, which means he could end up needing a hip replacement at some point.

Jeez this is depressing.  It makes you wonder just how much longer his career is going to last.
July 12, 2017, 07:16 PM
By BigNose

Depressing for Murray. He's far too young for a hip replacement and that would certainly be the end of his carreer. Before Wimbledon Murray said he thought  about 2 years from now being able to compete.  Seemed short then, but now we need to worry about this longterm injury.
Makes me wonder when he felt this hip injury before. And also makes grateful for the periods this didn't bother him.

July 12, 2017, 07:27 PM
By flowerpower

flowerpower: amazingly I believe Tomic has already had two!
July 12, 2017, 07:28 PM
By blueberryhill

You are right !

https://www.premax.co/au/blog/hip-injuries-in-tennis
July 12, 2017, 07:37 PM
By flowerpower

It sounds depressingly like the possibile beginning of the end. Good job Andy got to no. 1 last year when he did.
July 12, 2017, 07:37 PM
By laundry

I didn't see anything of this match until the fourth set and even then only had a quarter of an eye on it while doing other things. I assumed there must be an injury involved given the scoreline. Devastating loss and such a shame if this really is the beginning of the end. It's been a crap season after such a brilliant one last year and I'd hate to see decline set in in this way.
July 12, 2017, 07:42 PM
By Joe

Either way, we probably all need to adjust to post-peak Murray. I'll take any more success from now as a bonus.
July 12, 2017, 08:19 PM
By althusser

Either way, we probably all need to adjust to post-peak Murray. I'll take any more success from now as a bonus.

Yep, he's not going to be doing a Federer and miraculously winning Slams in the latter half of his 30s.
July 12, 2017, 08:28 PM
By Joe

Either way, we probably all need to adjust to post-peak Murray. I'll take any more success from now as a bonus.

Hmm. Thing is people have been saying the same about Rafa for a couple of years now but looking at his results so far this year he's playing as good as ever.  I suspect we are all over-worrying about this.
July 12, 2017, 08:35 PM
By BigNose

Hmm. Thing is people have been saying the same about Rafa for a couple of years now but looking at his results so far this year he's playing as good as ever.  I suspect we are all over-worrying about this.
I really do think we are as a knee-jerk reaction to this loss, especially as Andy is still talking about getting over this hip problem and continuing to play, so if the motivation and the desire are there then he will do so, and I'll be happy to watch for as long as he continues to enjoy playing.
July 12, 2017, 09:16 PM
By Aileen

Hmm. Thing is people have been saying the same about Rafa for a couple of years now but looking at his results so far this year he's playing as good as ever.  I suspect we are all over-worrying about this.

But Andy doesn't have access to Uncle Toni's special brews you know?! Smile
July 12, 2017, 09:24 PM
By althusser

flowerpower: amazingly I believe Tomic has already had two!
Very interesting article.  I don't think Tomic had hip replacements because it sounds more like corrective surgery, and Raonic had the same a few years back after sustaining a hip injury at Wimbledon.  Of course it goes without saying that the younger a person is the quicker they'll heal, which is why Raonic elected not to wait despite being told that the op could be delayed for a few years.
July 12, 2017, 09:24 PM
By Aileen

Hmm. Thing is people have been saying the same about Rafa for a couple of years now but looking at his results so far this year he's playing as good as ever.  I suspect we are all over-worrying about this.

Exactly. He pushed his body too much from last Wimbledon (Olympics, chasing world no.1 etc) This year has been the let down.
He still very nearly got to the FO final and Wimbledon semi playing at probably 75 %
Murray will make a GS final again.
July 12, 2017, 09:27 PM
By Johnny Handsome

But Andy doesn't have access to Uncle Toni's special brews you know?! Smile
lol  Federer didn't either, but still managed without them!
July 12, 2017, 09:31 PM
By Aileen

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