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Wimbledon 2016: Sam Querrey could become the 1st American man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in 11 years

Querrey took down Novak Djokovic in the biggest win of his career at Wimbledon and will be playing in his first ever major quarterfinal on Wednesday when he faces Milos Raonic.

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The last time an American male reached a tennis Grand Slam quarterfinal was September 2011, when both Andy Roddick and John Isner made it in the US Open, where they both lost to Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, respectively.

But Sam Querrey, the No. 28 seed at Wimbledon, has roared into the quarterfinals and the trail left behind on his way there is as impressive as it could be. Querrey, 28, bested Lukas Rosol in five sets in the opening round, Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets in the third round and then pushed the top player in the world, Novak Djokovic, out of the tournament in the third round.

It was the first time Djokovic had exited a Grand Slam before the quarterfinals since 2009. Querrey played Djokovic through a match that experienced no less than four rain delays, winning in four sets, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5). It was the biggest win of Querrey's career, which has spanned a decade since he turned pro in 2006.

"I'm not going to lie," Querrey said after beating Djokovic, "after the Novak match, I watched every highlight I could over and over. I'm just going to keep kind of enjoying myself, hang with my friends and family, practice tomorrow, get ready for the next match."

In the fourth round, Querrey went into his next match with all the confidence in the world. The draw may have been kind to him as well, as he wound up facing another unseeded player in Nicolas Mahut. Querrey won that match to advance past the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time in his singles career, taking Mahut down in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Querrey had played at 37 Grand Slam tournaments prior to this year's showdown at Wimbledon. He'd made it to the fourth round just three times and the third round just nine times. Success has been elusive, with his highest-ever singles ranking being No. 17 in the world, achieved back in 2011.

When asked about whether or not he's considered how much further he can make it at Wimbledon, Querrey replied, "Not at all."

The hard-serving Querrey should have his hands full in Wednesday's quarterfinal against Milos Raonic, the No. 6 seed for the tournament. If he has one thing going for him (you know, other than the ridiculous serve and elation over his progress thus far), it's that Raonic struggled through a three-hour, five-set match against David Goffin, the 11th seed, in the Round of 16.

Raonic downed Goffin, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Given Querrey's serving prowess, it's unlikely Raonic could pull off the same kind of comeback after falling down two sets. He can't do that against the American on Wednesday, that's for certain. But Raonic is no stranger to quarterfinals. He's made the semifinals at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at the French Open.

Querrey does lead the head to head between the two, however. In three meetings thus far, Querrey has won two of them, including on the grass courts of Wimbledon back in 2012. That was the first time they played, with Querrey beating Raonic again later that year in Paris. Raonic won their last outing on the hard courts in San Jose, back in 2013.

"I feel like I did a really good job of putting my head down and playing really well today," Querrey said after beating Mahut. Many doubters considered his win over Djokovic a fluke.

He'll try to put his head down once again against Raonic on Wednesday. And while Querrey refuses to look ahead, it's worth noting that he would face the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic if he gets past Raonic.