SIR ANDY Murray was unceremoniously dumped out of the men’s singles at Wimbledon.
The defending champion and two-time winner said he had tried his best “right to the end” after losing to American Sam Querrey on Centre Court.
Murray’s surprising defeat comes one day after Konta became the first British woman to make it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978 who was defending her title.
World number one and top seed Murray failed to emulate her success, losing 6-3 4-6 7-6 1-6 1-6 to Querrey, ranked 28th.
Looking tired and shell-shocked after his defeat he said: “It’s tough today.”
He said his fellow Briton Konta had played “extremely well under a lot of pressure”.
Earlier on, the capacity 13,000 crowd on the Centre Court propelled and encouraged Murray on as he attempted to cement a spot in the semi-finals but could not get him over the finish line.
He appeared to struggle with his mobility throughout the match during the final stages was often seen clutching his hip that many have known had bothered him before the tournament got underway. There was even a doubt that he wouldn’t step on to the grass of SW19 to defend his title at all.
“Throughout the whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore. But I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had. I’m proud about that,” said Sir Andy. “But it’s obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there, so I’m sad that it’s over.”
Murray stated that the match had been “tough” but insisted he was not “a million miles away from winning the match”. He concluded: “The end was a bit of a struggle but I almost found a way to get into the semis. I wasn’t that far away from doing that.”
Overall, it’s been a successful fortnight so far for British singles hopefuls Murray and Konta. Their success in the fourth round on Monday marked the first time for a generation that a British man and woman have made it through to the quarter-finals since Roger Taylor and Virginia Wade in 1973.
If Murray had won a place in the semi-finals, it would have been the first time for 50 years that Britain had a man and a woman in the last four of the singles. In 1967, they were Roger Taylor and Ann Jones, with Taylor losing his match in five sets and Jones making it through to the final where she lost to legend Billie-Jean King.