Men's round-up: Sam Querrey into quarter-finals, Milos Raonic roars back
Sam Querrey suffered no hangover from his famous victory over top seed Novak Djokovic as he beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday to become the first American man to reach a grand slam quarter-final for five years.
Querrey, 28, reproduced the quality of tennis that dispatched world number one Djokovic at the weekend in one of the biggest-ever shocks at the All England Club.
The 28th seed was rarely troubled as he simply overpowered Frenchman Mahut with his huge serve, backed up by booming groundstrokes.
The fourth-round victory over the world number 51 propelled Querrey to his first grand slam quarter-final. On U.S. Independence Day, he also became the first American man to reach the quarter-final at Wimbledon - or any other slam - since 2011.
RAONIC GALLOPS BACK TO OVERCOME GOFFIN
Canadian Milos Raonic overturned a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to keep his Wimbledon hopes alive on Monday, edging David Goffin 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 to reach the last eight.
With holder Novak Djokovic's shock exit opening up the top half of the draw, sixth seed Raonic appeared to be blowing his chance as Belgian Goffin outclassed him for two sets.
Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates during his match against Belgium's David Goffin.Eurosport
After breaking once in the third and fourth sets Raonic began to ooze confidence and pounced in the fifth game of the decider with a thunderous forehand to go 3-2 ahead.
There was no way he was going to let 11th seed Goffin back after that and he claimed victory with a forehand winner, saluting his players' box which included three-times winner John McEnroe.
Rather than his expected quarter-final foe Djokovic, American Sam Querrey blocks his path to a second Wimbledon semi-final, having reached the last four in 2014.
POUILLE STUNNED AFTER REACHING LAST EIGHT
No wonder Lucas Pouille looked dumbfounded at his 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8 win on Monday over fellow young gun Bernard Tomic.
He had never before won a five-set match at tour level and had never beaten a seeded player at a grand slam.
After coolly sealing the near three-hour battle with the 23-year-old Australian 19th seed by punching down two aces, Pouille fell on his back and then sat looking stunned on his chair, soaking up the applause.
The 22-year-old Frenchman had already bested his major performance by reaching the Wimbledon last 16 when downing Argentine Juan Martin del Potro - as well as far surpassing his own expectations.
"Before the tournament, (it) was to win one match on grass. Yeah, now, of course, I'm very happy, very emotional with the win today," the 32nd seed told reporters.
He and Tomic were two of the four players aged 23 and under in the fourth round -- the most at Wimbledon since 2010, when the youth wing included Britain's Andy Murray and now world number one Novak Djokovic.
"I had a big chance to make a semi at Wimbledon ... But I have to give credit to him, because he played the right tennis to win," said Tomic, who reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011 as a qualifier.
Lucas Pouille - Wimbledon 2016AFP
"I think it will be one of my most important matches of my career so far. To reach the semi-final of a grand slam, of course, it's important," Pouille said.
"If it's Jiri Vesely, it's the same for him. If it's Berdych, he has already made final here. We'll see."
The other of the four youngest players, Australia's Nick Krygios, was defeated in three sets by Murray on Centre Court.
Results from the Wimbledon Men's Singles Round 4 matches on Monday
2-Andy Murray (GB) beat 15-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 7-5 6-1 6-4
28-Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4
3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Steve Johnson (U.S.) 6-2 6-3 7-5
32-Lucas Pouille (France) beat 19-Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8
6-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat 11-David Goffin (Belgium) 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4
10-Tomas Berdych (Cze) v Jiri Vesely (Cze) 4-6 6-3, 7-6 (8) 6-7 (9) (Play suspended for bad light)