Johnson inspired by Querrey for Federer clash

Sun Jul 3, 2016 8:41am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Steve Johnson says he will draw inspiration from doubles partner Sam Querrey as he attempts to pull off a second huge upset at this year's Wimbledon, against Roger Federer on Monday.

Querrey sent shockwaves around the sporting world when he broke Novak Djokovic's stranglehold on the game by knocking the world number one out in the third round on Saturday.

Unseeded Johnson, in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time after beating Grigor Dimitrov, said Querrey's exploits were a shot in the arm for the underdogs.

"Gives everybody confidence. You see Novak lose, you sense the locker room, like believe there is a chance," the 26-year-old told reporters.

"(Djokovic) has that aura about him right now, as did Roger back in the day and as did Rafa at the French.

"Once you see him go down, I think guys will start to believe that they also can do it. So I think it's going to be interesting."

Johnson said fellow Californian Querrey's positivity was infectious.

"Hopefully, you know, his good vibes -- he's a very happy-go-lucky guy -- hopefully his positivity out there wears off on me as well and I think vice versa."

Johnson has never played Federer but believes he can upset the seven-times Wimbledon champion who is yet to drop a set.   Continued...

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USA's Steve Johnson in action during the Mens' Singles Final
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