Querrey is headed in the opposite direction: Merely 4-10 in fifth sets for his career until last week, he has won each of his last three matches by going the distance: against 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, Kevin Anderson in the fourth, and now Murray. Cilic, hoping to reach his second major final, has won all four of his meetings with 24th seed Querrey, including three at Wimbledon in 2009, 2012 and 2015.
"The whole tournament I've been a little bit sore", he told his post-match media conference.
He has battled to reach the quarter-final but that's where his journey ended today, as Sam Querrey beat him 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 in 2 hours and 41 minutes. "I'm going to enjoy this one a little longer, have an easy day tomorrow and do the best I can to get ready for the semis".
Querrey will take on former U.S. Open champion and seventh-seed Marin Cilic, who knocked out 16 seed Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 in his quarterfinal match Wednesday. Sam, who lost in the quarter-final stage 12 months ago (interestingly, he defeated the defending champion as well, Novak Djokovic), will be the first American in Wimbledon semi-final since 2009, and he now awaits the victor of the match between Marin Cilic and Gilles Muller. There was obviously an opportunity.
The American played pretty close to ideal in the final two sets against Murray and in most of the match against Djokovic. "I feel I've done all the right stuff but I need to do more and come back the other side of it a better player and athlete".
Biting his hand to quell the pain - both physical and emotional - Andy Murray's troublesome year continued on Centre Court as the hip problem that plagued his Wimbledon preparation finally got the better of him.
The match appeared over when Querrey's missed smash in the third set tiebreaker spiraled into a runaway for Murray, but shockingly, the American reeled off nine games in a row following Murray's hold to start the fourth set.
Murray backed his fellow British tennis player to win, saying she played "extremely well under a lot of pressure". "So I'm sad that it's over".
"We were looking at short-term solutions and managed to get through a bunch of matches and did OK". That obviously turned out to be quite an important part of the match.
Querrey was pushed by Thomas Fabbiano in the first round, managing to pull through unscathed in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Murray has been more effective on his second serve this year, though, winning 66 per cent of points, up from 61.5 in the early rounds last year and 54.4 in 2013.