As the defending champion at Wimbledon Championships, Andy Murray entered the contest having so much pressure to deal with. A constant lack of success in the first half of the year ended up with him in danger of losing not only the Wimbledon crown but also the world no.1 spot. With Nadal out of the chart, only Novak Djokovic has left in the zone. Still, the Serb must win the title in order to regain the spot he has lost back in November. Murray had to reach the semis in order to keep his seat safe. On the other side of the net well-positioned after a solid match against Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey saw his chance to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.

An all around battle between Murray and Querrey

Fighting Sam Querrey at Wimbledon is no profitable business for the top players or the defending champion. Last year, the big server from California stunned Novak Djokovic (the world no.1 at that time and the defending champion) in the third round. One year later, he gives chills down the spine to the current world leader Andy Murray. The opening set saw Murray taking the strings of the match as he raced to a comfortable win by 6-3. It was a single break of serve in the game no. 2 that handed the set to Murray. While on the grass court, Sam Querrey is a real danger given the way he is able to deliver on this surface. The second set was about to go also on Murray's pocket but the American leveled the score and pressed harder on the pedal winning it by 6-4.

Murray bounced back at the start of the third act stealing the game away from Querrey. At 5-4, the defending champion and the first seed had the chance to serve out the set. Failing to do so he allowed his opponent to step in the match one more time. It all went to a tiebreak where some uninspired shots from Querrey put Murray in front by two sets to one.

The fourth set saw the American racing by all means past Murray. He surpassed Murray by 6-1 pushing the encounter in a decisive fifth set. In the final set, it was clear that Murray had been struggling with some physical issues. That gave the burst Querrey needed as he did another 6-1 on the scoreboard.

The nightmare is not over yet

Entering the hardcourt session, Andy Murray will have to defend few thousands of points, especially during the indoor session. Last year, he raced against the clock in order to close the gap between him and Novak Djokovic. It was the perfect story that now has a dark side in it. Those points could throw Murray away from the top. Given the way he finished the match, his physical challenges could be deeper thus hampering his future plans.