They Once Faced Off in Boise, Now Sam Querrey has Bested Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 

click to enlarge Sam Querrey - CHARLIE COWINS / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

Newspapers around the world featured the news Sunday morning that American tennis player Sam Querrey had on Saturday defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Querrey was seeded No. 28 at the All England grass court tournament, and it took two days and four rain delays for Querrey to emerge victorious, 7-3, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6.

It wasn't the first time Querrey and Djokovic had faced off—Idaho tennis fans will remember when the pair competed in April 2013 at Boise State University's Taco Bell Arena.

It was the biggest tennis moment in Gem State history when Boise hosted the Davis Cup. Led by Djokovic, Serbia defeated the U.S., but one of the highlights was a Djokovic vs. Querrey match in which the Serb won 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0.

Querrey, gracious in defeat, had great praise for Boise.

"The venue was amazing. The city is great," he said at the time. "We have no complaints. I thought the fans did a great job coming out and cheering. Boise is a great tennis town. Hopefully we can have another [match] here one day."

Even The New York Times gave Boise some tennis "love" at the time of the Davis Cup visit.

"Boise is no tennis wasteland," wrote The Times. "It has more than 80 public outdoor courts and particularly active recreational adult leagues."

Now, 28-year-old Querrey will be one of the most watched tennis players in the world as he enters the second week at Wimbledon. It has been 16 years since an American won the coveted title on London's grass courts. Pete Sampras was the last American to hoist the famed Wimbledon trophy in 2000.
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