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Published: 18:12 | 2/7/16

Djokovic wants to "get away from tennis"


World number one Novak Djokovic says he wants "to get away from tennis" following his Wimbledon third round defeat to Sam Querrey.

The Serb, who became the first man to win four consecutive grand slams since 1969 when he won last month's French Open, was beaten 6-7 1-6 6-3 6-7 in a rain-delayed match on Court 1.

World no 41 Querrey, seeded 28th at Wimbledon, led by two sets to none when rain forced the players off on Friday. Djokovic won the third set when play resumed on Saturday, but the American won the fourth on a tie-break to complete an historic win.

Djokovic, 29, confirmed that he will not play in Serbia's Davis Cup tie against holders Great Britain later this month, and will consider taking a break from the game.

"I'm going to obviously pay more attention to those things [like famly] than tennis in the next period. I need it," he said.

"It's been a very successful year so far, but very long one, exhausting one, in every sense of that word.

"I just need some rest. To get away from tennis."

Querrey, who will face Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the fourth round for a place in the quarter-finals, says he is "ecstatic" at beating the world number one.

"It's incredible, especially to do it here at Wimbledon," Querrey told the BBC.

"I'm so ecstatic, so happy. I think today I played the break points well.

"Every time he had a break point I was able to come up with a big serve."

Andy Murray, who beat Australia's John Millman 6-3 7-5 6-2 to reach the fourth round, played down suggestions that the draw has opened up for him following the Serb's defeat.

"I need to reach the final for that result to have any bearing on my performance," he said,

"I have tough guys left in my half of the draw, especially the next round. Novak’s run has been amazing. He almost found a way to get back into that one.

"What he’s done in the last 12 to 18 months, I don’t think we’ll see for a long long time. It's unfortunate for him but it’s an amazing run he’s been on.

"Right now everyone expects Novak to win every match he plays. It’s normal to have one or two matches where you’re not at your best and your opponent plays a great match. It’s impossible to win every single match that you play in every tournament."

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