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Saved by the rain, Djokovic's hopes hanging by a thread

Wimbledon 2016: Main Highlights

Novak Djokovic's hopes of a calendar year grand slam were hanging by a thread as he slipped two sets down to big-serving American Sam Querrey before rain stopped their Wimbledon third-round clash on Friday.

On an infuriating day of rain delays, world number one Djokovic had to wait until nearly 7pm local time to walk out on Court One and little more than an hour later he walked off trailing 7-6(6) 6-1 to the 28th seed.

Having lost the opening set on a tiebreak the 29-year-old Serb, who is on a 30-match winning streak in grand slams, looked all at sea in the second as Querrey took it in 22 minutes.

At that point a heavy rain shower sent the players scuttling off court and play was called off shortly afterwards.

Defending champion Djokovic will return on Saturday hoping to repeat his comeback from two sets down against Kevin Anderson in last year's fourth round, a match that also spanned two days.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray (L) of United Kingdom and Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia pose before the men's single final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 05, 2016. (Photo by Emine Urer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Great Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends Day Fifteen, Men single's Final of the 2016 French Tennis Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic speaks to the referee during his men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
People attend the men's final match between Britain's Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Andy Murray of United Kingdom during the men's single final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 05, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actress Hilary Swank attends Day Fifteen, Men single's Final of the 2016 French Tennis Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during his men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his men's final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) shakes hands with Britain's Andy Murray after winning the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) embraces Britain's Andy Murray after winning the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: A dejected Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on following his defeat during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory with the help of the ball girls during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain lifts the runners up trophy following the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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