Querrey Out To Prove He’s Still The American To Watch
Sam Querrey kept his word and ‘refused to lose’ To Wayne Odesnik in the Housten semi-finals today. His 7-6 1-6 7-5 victory brings him to his first clay court final. The match was not without controversy, with Querrey showing his dislike of Odesnik, who recently was caught trying to enter Australia with HGH, with a couple of smart remarks. Querrey questioned Odesknik’s ace in the first set tie-break and when Odesnik told him his ace was good, Querrey retorted with ‘ I don’t need your input, buddy’. Later when Odesnik questioned another call Querrey made sure to let him know ‘it was only out a good four inches’. Querrey may have refused-to-lose his way through that match, but he’ll need to be readily focused come his final tomorrow.
Querrey has won tournaments on both hard courts and indoor but is yet to take a title on grass or clay. His motivation will be high as he takes on Juan Ignacio Chela, wanting to prove that Americans can win on the slippery dirt and that he is still America’s best new hope.
Querrey has been overtaken in the ranking recently by compatriot John Isner; they stand at numbers 21 and 25 respectively. Both have typical American games; huge serves, big flat groundstrokes, but not a lot of variety. They also both stand above most other players, Querrey at 6’6 and Isner at 6’9. Querrey was always considered the better player until just recently, with Isner making huge jumps up the rankings ever since taking out Andy Roddick at the 2009 US Open. Isner also made it further at the Australian Open this year, with a fourth round showing compared to Querrey’s first round loss. Isner, however, has failed to prove himself on clay. He ran Djokovic close at Davis Cup but overall stands at 0-3 in clay court matches this year. Querrey’s game is more suited than Isner’s is to clay, and with Roddick having never favoured the dirt, Querrey could be America’s best chance at Roland Garros. Of course, hoping for American success at the French Open is jumping the gun a tad. First up, Querrey needs to take home Houston tomorrow and show the world he is not only can keep his word, but that he is a fine multi-surface player.