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World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic was facing Wimbledon humiliation on Friday before rain saved him from his worst defeat at the tournament since 2008. Three-time winner Djokovic, who is halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years, dropped the first two sets of his third round clash against American 28th seed Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-1. Djokovic, who has an 8-1 record over Querrey, has made at least the quarter-finals on his last seven visits to Wimbledon since losing to Marat Safin in the second round eight years ago.
Defending champion Serena Williams said she was ready to kick up a racquet at Wimbledon after smashing one up on court. The world number one, who is fighting for a seventh Wimbledon singles title, said she was angry and ready for any challenge after narrowly surviving a major scare against US compatriot Christina McHale on Friday. Williams was so incensed with her own performance that she violently smashed her racquet repeatedly into the Centre Court turf.