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Sam's 2008 Cheering Thread

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04-21-2007, 07:35 PM

Sam drew Starace in Barca. Good luck sam, props for playing over there :)

04-23-2007, 06:31 AM
:woohoo: Good luck Sam!

I have no hope that the other American's will follow his attitude about clay though and actually play on it.

04-23-2007, 11:35 AM
All the best Sam! :bounce:

04-23-2007, 02:15 PM
well, it's interesting. I mean, if and when Sam starts doing really well, going deep in tourneys, etc., he will have to start cutting back his schedule - which tourneys do you think will go :lol:

tennis lover
04-23-2007, 10:45 PM
:lol: at the thread title!
Go Sam, do the USA proud! :bounce:

04-23-2007, 11:00 PM
Vamos Sam. :bounce:

04-24-2007, 02:19 PM
sam lost 4-6 4-6 but A for effort :awww:

04-24-2007, 05:25 PM
:awww: Good try though

tennis lover
04-24-2007, 09:30 PM
aww, good try! :yeah:

04-25-2007, 01:42 AM

04-26-2007, 02:09 PM

04-26-2007, 02:09 PM
I have been busy day trading lately sorta takes up all my time now.

04-26-2007, 03:35 PM
DAY TRADING???????????????????????????????

please be careful :scared:

04-26-2007, 08:07 PM
DAY TRADING???????????????????????????????

please be careful :scared:

yea really you can lose your shirt.

and I know a couple ladies that would love to see that happen to me...:rolleyes:

04-27-2007, 08:58 PM
Sam is in a movie.

The precise steps of stringing a racquet becomes a visual metaphor for the painstaking process of developing a junior player in "Unstrung." The long-awaited Jim Courier, Mike Tollin-produced documentary that follows a handful of American junior tennis players as they persevere through the pressure of amateur tennis to the USTA Nationals in Kalamazoo, Michigan, premieres this Thursday at the Tribeca/ESPN Film Festival in New York City.

The film follows the journeys of Donald Young (cast as "Number 1"), Sam Querrey ("The New Kid"), Timothy Neilly ("The Hopeful"), Marcus Fugate ("The Player") among others through the junior ranks and features interviews with champions including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick reflecting on their junior experiences.

To view a trailer of the film, please visit

04-27-2007, 09:01 PM
oh.... i've heard about this movie, it looks quite good :)

04-29-2007, 03:41 PM
Looks like a good movie, but I don't think I'll ever be able to watch it?

04-29-2007, 06:59 PM
I'm sure it'll be available to download someday :)

Anyway, Sam had a nice win over Horna today in the first round of Estoril :D

04-29-2007, 07:02 PM

tennis lover
04-29-2007, 09:49 PM

04-30-2007, 01:32 AM
First ATP win on clay :D

04-30-2007, 02:32 PM
Horna is no chump either!

Excellent for Sam...

04-30-2007, 03:29 PM
No but it was his first match back after a layoff. But still great win. :)

04-30-2007, 06:37 PM
Excellent win for Sam, now he faces Monaco in R2. Good luck Sam, just enjoy the experience and play without any pressure.

04-30-2007, 10:22 PM
April 30, 2007

What makes a great tennis player? How can one tell when a talented teenager will blossom into a top professional? How much of the game is mental rather than physical? Is success really dictated by how much a player "wants it," as current and former great players are wont to say? These basic questions have no answers, at least none not rendered meaningless by all the "ifs" and "buts" that come along with them. Those who scout athletic talent have systems, superstitions, and unshakeable beliefs, but in the end, they are not much different from those of us who buy lottery tickets — brimming with hope despite very, very long odds.

"Unstrung," an excellent documentary featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, offers all the evidence of this we need. The film, directed by Robert Klug and co-produced by former world no.1 Jim Courier, presents seven players, all of them young boys preparing for the 2005 USTA National Championships, held each summer in Kalamazoo, Mich. For junior tennis players, no tournament is more important than the one in Kalamazoo. The winner can call himself the best junior in the country, and he receives a wild card into that year's U.S. Open. There are other perks: calls from agents, marketing deals, publicity, et cetera.

Klug's subjects are diverse in background and personality, and only two of them, Donald Young and Sam Querrey, are recognizable figures (and even then, only to tennis fans). Marcus Fugate, a muscular 6-foot-2-inch boy from Rochester, N.Y., turns the heads of young women at Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Florida. Clancy Shields, from Idaho, travels from tournament to tournament in a van with his father. Tim Neilly of the Bahamas tries to land sponsorship deals over the telephone while his mother, who is suffering from cancer by the end of the film, advises him. Gregory Hirshman of La Jolla, Calif., enjoys his Rubik's Cube, mathematics, and the violin as much as his tennis. The only character who resembles the stereotypical, racket-throwing tennis brat is Holden Seguso, son of former doubles great Robert Seguso and Carling Bassett, a former top 10 player from Canada who mixed tennis, modeling, and acting long before anyone had heard of Anna Kournikova.

If Klug were a scout, he would be deemed a failure. He started with a dozen or so players and narrowed the field to seven for the film, and yet the best player of the bunch, Querrey, does not appear until late. Even when Querrey loses to Young in the final of the 2005 tournament, there's little indication that in the next two years he will vault past his peers and into the top 100 on the men's tour. At the outset, Fugate is presented as the most talented — largely because coaches, like teenage girls, marvel at his physique. Seguso has the big forehand and the pedigree; if only he would lose the attitude. Young, the top-ranked player despite being age 15, is given star status.

The real star of the film, however, and the one who teaches us the most about the sport and the vagaries of talent spotting, is Hirshman, who was in the audience with his family during Saturday's showing.

04-30-2007, 10:46 PM
Hirshman talks to himself on court, though he never utters anything obscene or breaks a racket. Off court, he fills a binder with 600 pages of mathematical calculations and talks about chemistry with his father, Paul. He practices Mozart. At home in California, he volunteers as an area leader for the Republican Party. He writes acrostic poetry; one of his poems, "Children," has been published.

Hirshman's mother, Barbara, suffers from injuries she sustained when she and her husband were hit by a car while riding their bikes. When Paul tells the story of Barbara's learning to walk again, it becomes clear why tennis is just a game for the Hirshman family. Paul cares more that Gregory doesn't become a "mean person" than if he wins tournaments (during one of Gregory's matches, Paul studies Spanish to keep himself from watching; after his son loses, he isn't the least bit disappointed).

Gregory, who doesn't look athletic and has imperfect strokes, is not the last person you would figure for a top junior tennis player, but if he were placed in a lineup alongside the rest of his co-stars, he probably would have received the least votes. That Hirshman found his way into the junior elite and will play for Stanford next year is what's great about this film, and about tennis — it's a sport that accepts all kinds. Yes, everyone who plays must run, think, swing at a moving object, and recognize an opponent's weaknesses, but no one can say that any one of these skills is absolutely more important than another. Not even hard work decides things, despite the proclamations of several coaches and former stars who appear in the film. Plenty of great pros survived while others who trained more did not. It's the combination of these things that matters, and identifying whether a person has the proper chemistry for success is impossible.

Kalamazoo offers us the ultimate proof of this. Stan Smith won the 18-and-under junior event in 1964. Since then, 39 boys have won 42 championships ( Paul Goldstein, Phillip King, and Young each won it twice). Of those 39 players, one — Michael Chang — won a Grand Slam title. If you have a chance to see this film — it has two more screenings this week (see for details) — ask yourself, who would have predicted that?


Chaos Inc.
05-02-2007, 08:32 PM
Good fight against Monaco Sam, losing 6-4 in the 3rd.

Good luck in your next tournament.

05-04-2007, 02:30 PM
That wasn't a bad loss, but I hope he's improving on clay!

05-18-2007, 09:07 PM

05-20-2007, 10:10 AM
Good Luck Sam! :bounce:

05-21-2007, 11:46 AM
Monaco is tough to beat, Good Fight Same :rocker2:

Chaos Inc.
05-21-2007, 06:22 PM
Not much to say about the match with Monfils Sam. Not a good performance.

With the way Gael has played recently, certainly a match you should have

won. Just have to do better next time.

Good luck in the French Open.

05-23-2007, 01:25 PM

05-26-2007, 03:04 PM
Sam has Laurent Recourdec in the first round of RG, a great chance to win a round. :yeah:

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 06:14 PM
Get the break here, serve out the set and put this clown away

in the 5th set Sam.

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 06:20 PM
Blew both break points, on clay, against a guy who is ranked in

the 300's.

Are you trying to lose Sam?

Have you been going to the Roddick return of serve school?

Good god.:rolleyes:

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 06:30 PM
Solid play in the breaker.

Now hammer this guy in the 5th!

05-29-2007, 07:01 PM
Come on:rocker2:

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 07:04 PM
Blew two break points at 3-2 and now in trouble on his own serve

at 3-3.

Fight Sam!

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 07:05 PM
Broken. Trails 4-3.

05-29-2007, 07:05 PM

05-29-2007, 07:10 PM
Sam :(

Chaos Inc.
05-29-2007, 07:12 PM
Recouderc holds and breaks Querrey for the match 6-3.

Bad loss Sam. I know it is the first time you have played the

French Open on the Atp Tour, however, you have to win a match

against a guy like this, anywhere, any time.

Good luck in the grass court season.

05-29-2007, 07:13 PM
:awww: Sam:hug:

05-29-2007, 07:18 PM
Too bad but good fight, i'm proud of the way he gave his best effort the whole clay season, playing Estoril and stuff. He has a killer game for grass. watch out, Wimbledon! :armed:

05-29-2007, 07:43 PM
Good fight have more to be proud of than Andy does...atleast you want to win.

05-29-2007, 07:59 PM
Well, the difference is that Sam is only a kid still..... was that his first 5-setter? It was certainly his first time playing RG. It's ok, he has time :)

05-30-2007, 03:44 AM
Nice effort Sam :yeah:

06-03-2007, 07:41 PM
Sam kicks off what is sure to be a successful grass season at the Surbiton Challenger where he is the #1 seed! :rocker2:

06-03-2007, 07:46 PM

06-04-2007, 06:58 AM
Alright. Lets kick butt Sam! :bounce:

06-06-2007, 02:29 PM
Um, so Sam lost in the first round to some British person outside the top 1500 who i've never ever heard of


06-06-2007, 02:31 PM
what?! :sobbing: :sobbing:

06-06-2007, 02:40 PM

May downs No.1 seed Querrey

Kent’s Jim May produced the match of his life to beat world No.67 Sam Querrey in the first round on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old qualifier ignored a whopping ranking gap of 1,455 places to beat the 6ft 6” American hot prospect 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Querrey has enjoyed some big wins in 2007, including successes over top 100 players Jose Acasuso, Florent Serra, Ivo Karlovic, Julien Benneteau as well as French Open quarter-finalist Igor Andreev.

But the Californian was no match for May on the grass courts of Surrey’s Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club.

The Englishman’s reward is a second round date with Canadian qualifier Frederic Niemeyer or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

May, who won three three-set matches in qualifying to make the first round, is still pinching himself.

"I like grass but I have surprised myself this week, I have to admit," said May, who got through the Wimbledon doubles qualifying event with Hertfordshire's Neil Bamford last year.

“Fortunately the match was so quick I had no time to get nervous at the end."

Former national champion Lee Childs made the most of his wildcard into the $25,000 Challenger event by joining May in round two.

The Somerset 24-year-old came through a nail-biter against Aussie world No.171 Nathan Healey 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(10).

tennis lover
06-06-2007, 03:20 PM
I've never heard of him either! :sobbing:

06-06-2007, 07:48 PM

06-07-2007, 12:59 AM
Sam is kicking everyone's butt on grass in doubles. His partner is Wayne Arthurs and they won their first round match. I predict that they will win the tournament.

06-07-2007, 01:02 AM
Wow I didn't expect Sam to lose so early in Surbiton:eek:

06-07-2007, 05:30 PM
Surbiton is killing seeds.

06-09-2007, 06:33 PM
WTF Sam drew James in the first round of Halle :sad:

06-09-2007, 09:04 PM
WTF Sam drew James in the first round of Halle :sad:

:eek: NOOOOO :sad:

06-10-2007, 03:52 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing:

06-10-2007, 03:58 PM

Chaos Inc.
06-10-2007, 07:17 PM
Time for a win against a big name player Sam.

Blake is far from being in good form.

Take him out.

06-11-2007, 09:46 AM
C'mon Sam !

Chaos Inc.
06-11-2007, 05:23 PM
Pathetic Sam. Just awful. Up a set and a break TWICE in the 2nd

set and you just utterly blow it. Again.

I thought in time that you would get over choking these matches

away to higher ranked players but now I have to wonder.

It's starting to look like this may be a lasting, serious mental


Anyway.............good luck if you play next week, then at


06-11-2007, 06:20 PM
Good match Sam, James is a top caliber player.

I am sure you will progress at Wimbledon.

06-11-2007, 07:08 PM
Blake found himself one set and one break down before starting a late rally. Sam Querrey kept serving well and not few believed he would make his way into the second round. But Blake then showed why there is a difference between the number eight and the number 67 in the world. He played well when it mattered most, gaining a rebreak to make it 4-4 in the second set and then breaking his opponent´s service again to win the set 6-4. Querrey offered only little resistance in the third set and lost his service in the fourth game of the final set. After 94 minutes he converted his first match point with a nice forehand volley (4-6, 6-3, 6-3).

Both players know each other well. Blake plays for the U.S. Davis Cup Team, and gifted youngster Querrey is among the official training partners. Both men reached their peak last year. Blake collected tournament titles and advanced to the Masters final, while Querrey moved 600 places up in the rankings. "I have lost many close games most recently," Blake stated. "But it was different today." Blake prefers to play on clay but certainly wants to make something happen on grass and especially in Wimbledon where he has never reached the round of last 16.

Both men served extremely well. Blake showed some weaknesses when trying to establish his serve-and-volley style. "You just have to play aggressively on grass," Blake said. "And that is what I am trying to do. But I won´t be a Stefan Edberg no more."

Yet it was a good match during which Blake pleased the crowd with a few acrobatic moves. At one point he slipped, picked himself up, shovelled the ball over the net and won the point. He will next come face-to-face with Russia´s Evgeny Korolev.

06-12-2007, 12:39 AM
UGH SAM :help:

This is getting pathetic now.

06-12-2007, 12:40 AM

06-12-2007, 03:50 AM
That must have been weird for James. Usually he's the one who does the choking.


I'm glad James is through, but not a good performance from Sam. He needs to step it up soon.

06-16-2007, 02:09 AM
Sam is out of the Nottingham entry list :(

06-16-2007, 02:58 AM
:awww: well this grass season is quickly turning into a bust :( I really thought he had potential to do well on the surface.

06-16-2007, 12:32 PM
Me too. I wonder why he's not playing Nottingham.

06-16-2007, 12:35 PM

Chaos Inc.
06-16-2007, 01:59 PM
Me too. I wonder why he's not playing Nottingham.

Probably a minor injury that he does not want to risk missing

Wimbledon for...

Chaos Inc.
06-22-2007, 04:57 PM
Falla in the first round. A match he should win.

Probably Gonzalez in the second round. That will be

very tough.

Good luck Sam. Give it your best shot. Anything can happen.......

06-22-2007, 08:38 PM
good luck sam! :bounce:

06-23-2007, 02:37 AM
If Sam could somehow beat Gonzo, he'd have a soft draw to the quarters...:yeah: :lol:

Good luck!

Chaos Inc.
06-25-2007, 02:35 PM
You should have won the 1st set. You put much

more pressure on his serve, yet lost in a tie breaker. Pick up

your level of play soon or your going to be on a plane back home

with a bad loss.

Chaos Inc.
06-25-2007, 02:40 PM
Down a break at 3-0 in the 2nd now......

Chaos Inc.
06-25-2007, 03:03 PM
Falla is up two sets to love and a break in the 3rd.

Sam, I hope you have an injury. Otherwise there is no rational

reason for the performance we have seen out of you. Inexcusable.

Getting hammered by Alejandro freaking Falla like this? Is this a

joke? Is this an episode of Candid Camera or Punk'd that I did

not know about?

tennis lover
06-25-2007, 11:03 PM

06-25-2007, 11:30 PM
dammit sam :sobbing:

06-26-2007, 09:18 AM
Very disappointing :sobbing:

06-26-2007, 12:41 PM

06-29-2007, 02:46 PM
Sam what happened, i was shcoked when i saw the score, Lets hope he can improve mentally in games

07-16-2007, 11:22 PM
Sam starts his HC season this week in LA :)

Chaos Inc.
07-17-2007, 03:28 AM
Good luck Sam. Get your summer hard court season off to a good

start with at least a couple of wins in Los Angeles.

07-17-2007, 03:54 AM
Sam and Mardy Fish won in the doubles. 10-8 in the tiebreaker. Back on good old American hard courts.

07-17-2007, 04:55 AM
too bad they have to play each other tomorrow :(

Chaos Inc.
07-18-2007, 02:59 AM
Had Fish on the ropes on his serve over and over again and was

unable to break. Just another pathetic display by Querrey.

He is going in the wrong direction. He has to get his

career turned around. Might want to consider a

coaching change,whatever he is telling Sam is not working...

07-22-2007, 10:41 PM
At last, a better draw in Indy. Julien Benneteau. Good luck Sam.

07-22-2007, 10:47 PM
Come on Sam, let's step up and break this bad streak:bounce:

07-23-2007, 06:07 PM
Sam beat Benneteau 7-6 6-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazingly good serving stats winning 90% of his 1st serve points and he wasn't broken :rocker:

tennis lover
07-23-2007, 06:13 PM

90%?! Good job, Sam! :yeah:

07-23-2007, 06:21 PM

Chaos Inc.
07-23-2007, 06:26 PM
Solid win today. The best part of the match was Querrey fighting

off Benneteau serving with set point in the tie break.

Having broke the long losing streak, hopefully he will make a

fairly deep run into this tournament.

07-23-2007, 06:30 PM
Holy crap. Sam :woohoo:

07-23-2007, 07:27 PM
19 aces for Sam in the match. Maybe he has been working on his serve.

07-23-2007, 09:22 PM

07-24-2007, 12:28 AM
Solid play from Sam. Keep it up!

07-24-2007, 03:37 PM
Querrey, who hadn't won an ATP tour match in seven weeks, believed he was in trouble again as he battled Benneteau in a first-set tiebreaker. When Benneteau won a key point, the 19-year-old Querrey thought the set was lost, and headed toward the net.

"We had a long point when I thought it was 5-all," the American said. "When I lost the next point, I thought I lost 7-5, but the umpire said it was 6-4."

Given a fresh outlook, Querrey won the next four points and the tiebreaker. He controlled Benneteau in the second set.

"Winning this was very important," Querrey said. "Every time you lose, it hurts your confidence. "Winning gets you more matches. The more matches you play consistently, the better you get."

Querrey was consistent with his serve, winning 35-of-39 first-serve points. He put Benneteau away in the second set by winning three of five break points. He said the losing skid came largely after his latest climb in the ATP rankings.

"Going from No. 500 to 65 went quickly," he said. "Going from 65 to 50 is a big step. Now, I'm finding how hard I have to work."

07-24-2007, 04:02 PM
Querrey also faces a tough second round match, and awaits the winner between Croat Ivo Karlovic - who already has claimed two titles this season - and former World No. 4 Nicolas Kiefer. Kiefer reached the Los Angeles semifinals in Week 1 of the US Open Series, but withdrew with a knee injury in his match against eventual champion Radek Stepanek

Chaos Inc.
07-26-2007, 07:05 PM
Sam beat Karlovic 5-7 7-5 7-6(6). Saved two match points,

including one on Karlovic's serve at 6-5 in the tie break.

07-26-2007, 07:12 PM

tennis lover
07-26-2007, 07:23 PM
Yay Sam! :yeah:

07-26-2007, 08:51 PM
The 6'6" Querrey and 6'10" Karlovic each dropped serve just once during the two hour, 20 minute battle, while combining for 31 aces. Karlovic earned his first match point at 5-4 on Querrey's serve, and again at 6-5 in the tie-break, but both times failed to deliver. Querrey won the final three points to close out the win, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(6).

The 19-year-old Querrey had also gotten the better of the Croat earlier this year in their Memphis opener en route to his first appearance in an ATP-level quarterfinal. Querrey also reached the quarterfinals the following week in Las Vegas. He improves to a season record of 16-16, and next faces the winner between No. 2 seed and defending champion James Blake and Brazilian qualifier Ricardo Mello.

07-26-2007, 08:55 PM
INDIANAPOLIS, United States (AFP) - Sam Querrey toppled towering Croatian Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) on Thursday as two of the tallest men in tennis met in the second round of the Indianapolis ATP hardcourt event.

Querrey, the world number 90, reached his third quarter-final of the season after Memphis and Las Vegas back-to-back in February and March.

The Californian teenager saved match points at this level for the first time in his career as he won the ace-fest in two hours, 20 minutes.

The victory was a repeat of a first round win against the Croatian five months ago in Memphis.

Karlovic at 2.08 metres and Queerey, at 1.98, powered down tree-top serves with the American producing 14 aces and his opponent three more.

Two victories this week in the opening stages of the pre-US Open hardcourt season have wiped away bitter memories for Querrey of seven defeats in a row he suffered over recent months in Europe.

"It feels great to be in a a quarter-final again," said the winner, who Friday faces either second-seeded James Blake or Brazil's Ricardo Mello.

"It was an exciting match with some big serves. I had some luck in the tiebreaker when he shanked a forehand wide. It came out my way today.

"His big serves are fine with me, they are more in my strike zone."

Querrey said that his confidence is rising as he starts to step into the role of the next American hope.

"This is what I need," he said of the victory, where each man broke once.

"I wanted to work him from the baseline and make him come up with winners.

"Anytime you win a match like this, it builds up confidence."

07-27-2007, 02:16 AM
SAM FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

07-27-2007, 11:24 AM
SAM FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:
:yeah: Good job kiddo! :)

07-27-2007, 03:37 PM
Whatever he ends up winning this week at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships will push his career prize money past $350,000, yet the 19-year-old hasn't made a major purchase.
When he's not playing on the ATP Tour, Querrey is back in his native California, tooling around in the 1974 Volkswagen Vanagon he bought for $1,200 when he was 15.
He made a few renovations to it in high school, replacing the middle row of seats with a zebra-skinned beanbag. That helped when he piled 20 people in it to go to a high school basketball game as a junior.
"No car. No house. No fun vacations," Querrey said when asked what a budding star does with his winnings. "I'm just building a pot. I want to buy an island. Just joking."
Entertaining off the court, Querrey is a rising star on it.
His three-set victory over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic on Thursday put him into the quarterfinals of an ATP event for the third time this year. He plays today for a chance to reach the semifinals for the first time on tour.
Buzz about Querrey was growing last year, which included an upset victory as a wild-card entry in Indianapolis.
"He's probably our brightest star right now in terms of coming up," defending Indy champion James Blake told reporters at the Australian Open in January. "His serve is huge. His forehand is huge. It's amazing."
Querrey ended his 2006 rookie year ranked 127th in the world but quickly rose to 66th in April. He is currently 90th.
He has been mentioned as a potential top-10 player in the near future.
"I'm humbled that guys think of me as that," Querrey said. "I'm trying my best. It's nice to have that title and all the support of those guys behind me.
"Hopefully, I'll keep doing better and keep rising in the rankings and be one of the next great Americans. I just go out and have fun and try to work as hard as I can and do the right things."
Raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, Calif., the son of a mortgage banker didn't take tennis seriously until he was 15. He grew up playing tennis, baseball, soccer, football, golf and basketball.
"I think it was good," he said. "Tennis was just a once-a-week lesson, going to the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays to hit with my friends. It was very relaxed and fun."
Baseball was his favorite sport, and he still loves the Dodgers. Earlier this week, he went to an Indianapolis Indians game.
Querrey said his mom's part-time job at a local tennis club led to his introduction to his current coach, Grant Doyle.
Throughout his senior year of high school, Querrey struggled with the decision of whether to turn pro or go to college, where a scholarship at USC awaited.
"I went back and forth for six months. If I won a match, I'd want to go pro. If I lost, I'd want to go to school. It was extremely difficult."
His decision was the reverse of his father's. Mike Querrey was drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of high school but played baseball at the University of Arizona instead.
Despite being watched by an entire sport, Querrey seems as composed and comfortable as a guy who has a zebra-skinned beanbag in a $1,200 van.
"Growing up in California in the suburbs, it's very relaxed," he said. "I went to a very nice high school, had a nice group of friends. My parents are very relaxed, down-to-earth people. I think I got it from that."

07-28-2007, 04:43 PM
Sam's serving:bowdown:

Chaos Inc.
07-28-2007, 04:50 PM
Time to step and win a match like this Sam.

You have lost these kind of matches to high ranked players over

and over again. You have him on the ropes. Finish him off!

07-28-2007, 04:57 PM
27 aces in 2 and 1/2 sets. I think his serving is picking up.

07-28-2007, 05:14 PM
Sam won.

07-28-2007, 05:17 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oooohhhhhh i am so thrilled for him!!!!

07-28-2007, 05:17 PM

Chaos Inc.
07-28-2007, 05:17 PM
Big win for Querrey's career beating a highly ranked player.

Now beat Tursonov tonight and make your first final.

07-28-2007, 05:20 PM
:worship: :bounce: :bigclap: :bowdown: :yippee: :yeah: :rocker: :rocker2: :banana: :woohoo: SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM :worship: :bounce: :bigclap: :bowdown: :yippee: :yeah: :rocker: :rocker2: :banana: :woohoo:

07-28-2007, 05:21 PM
I think even more so than finally getting the win over the top player is HOW he did it - not even FACING a BP all match, staying strong no matter what, fighting throughout the whole match, not getting discouraged after losing the 2nd, just all around really really fantastic for Sam :rocker2:

07-28-2007, 05:25 PM
Woot SAM! :worship: :rocker2:

Who was watching it? What was his reaction after the match? And James's?

James :sobbing:

07-28-2007, 05:48 PM
it wasn't on tv anywhere but Carole texted renata that Sam was very very happy

07-28-2007, 06:12 PM
Oh...I figured it was probably on TTC.

Aww I bet he was. Maybe they'll show a clip of it when it comes on TV. Thanks :)

tennis lover
07-28-2007, 06:28 PM
awwww, YAY! :banana: I'm so happy he finally got his big win! :woohoo:

Good for Sam. :D

07-28-2007, 06:32 PM
It was supposed to be on last night but with everything getting messed up nothing was on except the beginning of the first QF

07-28-2007, 06:49 PM
Oh, okay. The rain has messed everything up. I guess Sam has to play later tonight again! That's tough.

07-28-2007, 07:17 PM
Yes he does :(

07-28-2007, 09:31 PM
With James and Andy out it looks like the American hope has fallen squarely on Sam's shoulders. :eek: Now is the time for Sam to step up and accept his place next to his heros. Dancevic played well but nothing spectacular. Sam could beat him. Vamos, Sam :banana:

07-28-2007, 10:27 PM
He's doing well against Dima, fighting his head off. Broke back late in the set. Very nice.

07-28-2007, 11:13 PM

But still a good tourney :rocker2:

07-29-2007, 01:30 AM
Tursunov, the No. 3 seed, reached his first Indianapolis finals by stopping first-time semifinalist James Querrey, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Earlier Saturday, the unseeded Querrey fired a career-high 34 aces as he eliminated defending champion James Blake, the second seed, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in a rain-delayed quarterfinal match.

I didn't expect myself to serve as well as I did this morning, but I still served pretty well," said Querrey, who had 10 aces against Tursunov.

07-29-2007, 01:32 AM
Querrey, who had been winless in nine prior attempts against the world's Top 10, held his nerves in pressure situations for the second consecutive match, having staved off two match points in his round of 16 match against Croatia's Ivo Karlovic. His 34 aces was not only a personal best but was the highest total for a best-of-three sets match on the ATP circuit in 2007. The last player to fire that many in a best-of-three was Wayne Arthurs, who achieved the feat at Tokyo last October.

07-29-2007, 03:11 AM
Querrey won the 6-all point with a 113 mile-per-hour ace out wide to earn his first set point. He hit a solid backhand down-the-line to draw an error from Blake and put away the first set.

When Querrey and Blake played in Indian Wells last year, and at Halle just six weeks ago, the younger American won the first set before dropping his level and losing in three sets.

There was no such let down today. Querrey hit four aces in his first service game of the second set, four more in his second, then hit a 109-mile-per-hour spinner out wide, his 10th ace in a row, at 2-3 (See below for details on each of Querrey’s nine aces.)

"I don’t think I’ve ever been aced 10 times in a row, until today," said Blake. "The way Sam was locked in, it was tough to deal with. It made me focus on my serve and I needed to hold every time."

Which magnificently, he did.

Querrey’s streak of aces ended abruptly with a double fault, but the Indianapolis crowd showed its appreciation for the young American by cheering each time his serve whizzed past Blake.

07-29-2007, 03:16 AM
Sam's 10 aces. * 6-6 (6-6): 113 out wide to Blake forehand
* 7-6 (6), 0-1: 105 mph wide to Blake forehand
* 7-6(6), 0-1, 15-love: 120 mph wide to Blake backhand
* 7-6(6), 0-1, 30-love: 131 mph down tee to Blake backhand
* 7-6(6), 0-1, 40-love: 119 mph down tee to Blake forehand
* 7-6(6), 1-2: 131 mph down tee to Blake backhand
* 7-6(6), 1-2, 15-love: 124 mph wide to Blake backhand
* 7-6(6), 1-2, 30-love: 129 mph down tee to Blake backhand
* 7-6(6), 1-2, 40-love: 116 mph down tee to Blake forehand
* 7-6(6), 2-3: 109 mph wide to Blake forehand

07-30-2007, 02:51 PM
Sam Querrey American teenager Sam Querrey is believed to have set an Open Era record for most consecutive aces during a dramatic three-set quarterfinal win over James Blake at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships Saturday.

Querrey (profile) fired 10 consecutive aces and a total of 34 in the match that featured no service breaks.

Querrey, 19, began his streak of aces with his 10th ace of the first set on his final service point of the tie-break. The 6' 6'' Californian then served out the second and fourth games of the second set to love with four straight aces in each game. (The first ace of his first service game in the second set came on a second serve.)

Querrey opened the sixth game with an ace, his 10th in a row. He double faulted away the next point, but hit another ace to wind up hitting 11 aces on 12 straight service points.

A delighted Querrey noted the string of aces but said he was more excited to have claimed his first career victory over a Top 10 player. "I was in a groove there, feeling good. It was one of those days where I was in the zone serving.

"But I was happiest to claim my first Top 10 win. I was 0-8 or something against Top 10 guys before this, so it feels good."

Querrey did not face a break point in 18 service games against Blake. For his part, Blake saved the lone break point he faced in the match.

In Saturday's oppressive heat, Querrey later lost his semifinal 7-6(5), 6-2 to Dmitry Tursunov, who also was playing his second match for the day due to Friday's rain. Querrey hit 10 aces in the semifinal for a tournament total of 73, which included 19 aces against Julien Benneteau in the first round and 14 against fellow big server Ivo Karlovic in the second round.

Querrey has now hit 402 aces for the season to be fourth on the list of ace leaders in the RICOH ATP MatchFacts.

Querrey also went on a tear to close the match, hitting two aces in the ninth game of the third set, then three straight while holding to love in the 11th game. For good measure, aces 33 and 34 came in the final set tie-break.

08-05-2007, 02:11 AM
Sam is into the finals of Vancouver Challenger with a 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Bobby Reynolds. He plays Frederic Niemeyer in the final. A win will put Sam right around the top 60. :rocker2:

08-05-2007, 02:12 AM

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tennis lover
08-05-2007, 05:19 PM

08-06-2007, 02:41 AM
Trailing three games to one and already down a set to big Sam Querrey, Frederic Niemeyer came close to packing it in Sunday afternoon at the $150,000 US Odlum Brown Vancouver Open.

His back hurt. He felt dizzy. And Querrey's big serve -- a stroke that had put away world No. 9 James Blake only a week earlier in Indianapolis -- must have looked formidable coming at him on the hard courts at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club.

So the Deauville, Que., native did what tennis players do in their best moments. He dug deep. He held to make it 3-2, then broke Querrey to tie it 3-3 before blasting his way to an eventual 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.

"I was feeling really bad out there at the beginning of the match," said Niemeyer, 31, who was hoping to come here, play a couple of matches and tune up for next week's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

"That was the hardest match, by far, physically of my career. After the first set I thought I had nothing left to give and I don't know what happened. He started to cool a bit and I started to focus. I don't know ... I started to play really good and not worry about the points. I was just trying to stay out there as long as I could and put on a good show for the crowd because I never thought I could win the match.

"My back was sore and I was dizzy. After one rally I thought I'd run a marathon. I was really weak."

This was an upset. Querrey, ranked 80th on on the ATP list, was the top seed here. Niemeyer, who is just coming off a season of World Team Tennis, is No. 275 on the ATP list and was unseeded.

But that meant diddly squat Sunday before a near capacity crowd of 1,400.

Both guys played a power game. But if Querrey -- who had 34 aces against Blake -- is Slammin Sam' then maybe somebody should start calling Niemeyer 'Niemasher'. Sore back, dizzy spells and all, he matched Querrey ace for ace and service point for service point.

Querrey won the first set 6-4. Niemeyer took the second 6-4 -- just the second set loss for Querrey in this tournament -- and then won by breaking the Californian at 3-2 for a 4-2 lead. He fired an ace to take a 5-2 lead and after Querrey held to make it 5-3, Niemeyer held for the win.

He became the first Canadian to win in the three-year history of the men's tournament.

And Querrey was among the first to congratulate him.

"He served really well," said Querrey, who had never played Niemeyer before but had seem him play several times.

"He played really well. He was aggressive, he came to the net. He just played better than me. I knew he was going to hit big serves."

Querrey, 19, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was ranked 80th in the world coming into this tournament after reaching the semifinal of an ATP tournament last weekend in Indianapolis.

Querrey had an easier time reaching the final, beating countrymen Donald Young 6-4, 6-4, Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4 and Zach Fleishman 6-3, 7-6 (1) before being tested' 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday's semi-inal by another American, fourth-seeded Bobby Reynolds.

Niemeyer took out eighth-seeded Bruno Echagary of Mexico 6-3, 6-4 in his opener before beating Italy's Andrea Stoppini 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1), American Jesse Witten 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 and finally defending champion Rik de Voest 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday.

The win made Niemeyer $14,400 US richer. Querrey earned $8,480 US.

08-06-2007, 04:20 AM
He still needs to learn to close out matches :(

08-11-2007, 02:18 PM
GICQUEL, Marc v (WC) QUERREY, Sam---Cinncinati
Not a bad draw.

08-13-2007, 03:04 PM
MASON - The search is always on for the so-called future of American tennis, which is why it might be worth keeping an eye on youngsters John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Both will be in action tonight after receiving wild-cards into the main draw of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

The No. 66-ranked Querrey might already be familiar to local tennis fans after last year's memorable debut in Mason. The 19-year-old took the first set from No. 2 Rafael Nadal before eventually losing in three sets

"It was an awesome experience," Querrey said of that defeat. "It felt like a win to me."

Querrey comes in this year with a hot hand after making the semifinals in Indianapolis two weeks ago preceded by a six-match losing streak.

"It wasn't fun," Querrey said of his skid. "But it definitely motivated me to work harder. It was almost a good thing it happened."

The 6-foot-9 Isner isn't very accustomed to defeat. After compiling a 32-0 record and leading the University of Georgia to this year's NCAA team title, the 22-year-old rode his 142-mph serve all the way to the finals in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago.

In just his second ATP Tour event, Isner won five straight three-set matches to climb to No. 193 in the world.

Said Isner: "After each match I won, I'm looking at my next opponent like, why can't I beat him?"

While at roughly the same point in their careers, the two Americans traveled very different roads to get there. Isner was a four-time All-American at Georgia, but Querrey took the more traditional route and turned pro at 18.

Isner's doubles partner this week, No. 78-ranked Amer Delic, is another young American who honed his game at the collegiate level. The 25-year-old - who plays No. 11-seed Ivan Ljubicic today - was the 2003 NCAA singles champ while playing at the University of Illinois.

"Physically, maybe I was ready, but mentally I wasn't," Delic said of waiting to go pro. "If professional tennis was just about hitting tennis balls, a lot more guys would skip college."

But Querrey said he doesn't regret his choice.

"At first it was a little difficult, but I think I made the right decision," Querrey said.

Both Isner and Querrey will be in action tonight on Center Court. Isner takes on 16th-seeded David Ferrer at 7 p.m., with Querrey to follow against Marc Gicquel of France.

"Nothing much is expected of me," Isner said of his chances this week. "I feel like I can only help myself."

08-14-2007, 02:57 AM
Great victory for Sam. 7-5,5-7,6-4. Marc Gicquel is ranked 42nd. Isner lost.

08-14-2007, 01:41 PM
MASON – Two weeks ago, Sam Querrey could have played in the Legg Mason Classic in Washington.

But frankly, he was tired of losing. So he pulled out of the tournament and entered a challenger event in Vancouver where he reached the finals, one week after advancing to the semifinals in Indianapolis.

That long-awaited success made enough of a difference to propel Querrey to a comeback victory against Marc Gicquel in the first-round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters Monday night.

• Masters tennis blog

“They definitely helped,” Querrey said. “I was down a little bit in the third set tonight, but I just had a mindset that I was going to refuse to lose. Mentally, I hung in there.”

Querrey wasn’t thinking like that in the spring when he began a seven-match losing streak. But his 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 victory on Monday was his eighth win in his last 10 matches, restarting speculation that he could follow Andy Roddick and James Blake as the next top American player.

The 19-year-old has stabilized his career since mid-July, by playing and winning so many matches. He came into this week’s tournament ranked No. 60 after having slipped into the 90s in July.

He’s also been able to enjoy winning, most notably a victory against Blake, then No. 10, in Indianapolis.

“It was awesome,” Querrey said. “I’ve watched it at home many times on Tivo.”
Choosing the Vancouver challenger route over playing in Washington, though, didn’t come without a small controversy. Querrey’s agency, SFX, runs the Washington tournament and counted on having one of its up-and-comers in the field.

“At first I was surprised,” said SFX’s John Tobias, “but he really needed a chance to not have to face high-ranked players in the first round; to get a chance to win and get confidence.”

08-14-2007, 02:26 PM
Pish, and I thought Andy played tentative sometimes on the big points, he's got nothing on Sam...this match should have been straight sets.

tennis lover
08-14-2007, 02:33 PM

08-15-2007, 10:01 AM
Good Job Sam. Good win. Who is he up against next?

tennis lover
08-15-2007, 03:14 PM
Youzhny. Good luck Sam! :bounce:

08-15-2007, 04:12 PM
Good win for Sam over Gicquel :yeah:


Querrey vs Gicquel - Cincy 2007

08-15-2007, 06:54 PM
Sam beat Youzhny in three sets! :rocker2:

08-15-2007, 07:07 PM
Great win for Sam! He has an excellent opportunity to get to the quarters with Monaco in the next round. :rocker2:

08-15-2007, 07:24 PM
Huge win today!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

08-15-2007, 07:50 PM
SAM HECK YEA!! :rocker:

tennis lover
08-15-2007, 09:35 PM
:woohoo: yayness! Go on Sam, show Monaco what you're made of! :yeah: :bounce:

08-15-2007, 11:04 PM
Big win.

08-16-2007, 05:44 AM
5-7 6-3 6-4

Thats a great result, Even against the USO Semi-Finalist. He has Monaco Next round, Monaco Has been playing so well on this season. Lets see if Sam can Pull A shoker and reach the Quaters :cool:

08-16-2007, 06:02 AM
P-MAC: We showed quite a bit of your match (against Youzhny) on TV.
SAM: Thank you.

lol, Sam.

I think S.A.M. will beat Monaco.

08-16-2007, 12:35 PM
Good job Sam, now win another please :aplot:

08-16-2007, 04:15 PM
I hope he has sorted out his choking-and-can't-close-out-matches problem :bounce:

08-16-2007, 07:20 PM
Disappointing to say the least from Andy :o, but Sam makes up for it by getting into the quarterfinals in straight sets 6-3 7-5 :rocker2:

08-16-2007, 07:21 PM

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tennis lover
08-16-2007, 07:38 PM
good win for Sam, he's leaving the old man (Andy) behind now! :yeah:

08-16-2007, 11:24 PM
Great job Sam. His in teh Qf, But no whe as either Blake Or Ferrero

Blake right now is playing awsome... But go Ferrero!

08-17-2007, 01:17 AM
He will play Blake in the night match. Should be interesting.. :)

08-17-2007, 04:51 AM
Sam, need to play kinda better and why not :aplot:

08-17-2007, 01:04 PM
I'm excited for Querry, it is fun to see him in the quarters.

08-17-2007, 02:25 PM
MASON - It was startlingly obvious Thursday that Sam Querrey can't measure up to Andy Roddick - not yet, anyway.

While Roddick played (and lost) in front of several thousand fans on Center Court in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Querrey won perhaps the biggest match of his life on the Grandstand Court.

A quick head count of Querrey's match against Juan Monaco determined 146 people watching in person, including the chair umpire, ball boys and photographers.

"That's all right," Querrey said. "I expect that when Roddick is playing on Center. But tomorrow I'm assuming I'll be on Center. So hopefully it'll be a little different."

Will it ever. Querrey, 19, will be on Center Court at 8 p.m. today playing in an all-American quarterfinal against James Blake in a match scheduled to be televised live by ESPN2.

A month ago, Querrey would not realistically have imagined he would be in this position. In fact, just two weeks ago Querrey played a challenger tournament in Vancouver to get match experience to compensate for a seven-match losing streak that stretched from April to July.

Yet tonight Querrey will play his first Masters Series quarterfinal match against No. 8 Blake, a player Querrey out-served in Indianapolis July 28 in three tiebreak sets.

"Sam doesn't get nervous or let big moments get to him," Blake said. "Having a serve like that gives him free points that will help with the longevity of his career. And he's still got tons to improve on, which is scary to guys in the middle of their careers who still have to play him."

Naturally, Querrey's parents are proud, having flown in from California for Thursday's match. They plan to stay for the rest of the tournament.

"It's awesome," Querrey said. "I mean, to be in the final eight at a tournament like this where you have the top 50 guys in the world all here, it does a lot for my confidence."

Querrey isn't top-50. He's No. 65 and needed a wild-card entry to play here. But tournament director Bruce Flory granted him that wild card because Querrey is the foremost emerging American with the talent and powerful serve to fill the U.S. void in the rankings that exists after Roddick (No. 4) and Blake (No. 8). The next highest-ranked American is No. 51 Mardy Fish.

Querrey wasn't comfortable with any sort of American torchbearer role in the wake of Roddick's upset loss, but he did say now that he might as well consider that he could win the tournament.

"It's always nicer to play in America," Querrey said. "And I've been playing smarter, playing the big points a little safer."

There have been no bigger points yet in his career than the ones Querrey will play tonight against Blake, who's beaten Querrey in three of their four matches.

"I'm kind of settled down now," Querrey said. "When I walk on the court, I'm sure the butterflies and the anticipation will kick in a little bit."

08-17-2007, 08:52 PM
Sammy in the quarters of an AMS event, this is quite exciting. :D

This is cute (taken from a Cincy blog):

Nothing like a little trash talking

So there's a video interview of Sam Querrey being played during downtime here on the Center Court scoreboard. The question posed to 19-year-old Querrey, who just happens to be playing No. 8 James Blake tonight, is this:

What's more difficult, the SAT test or playing James Blake?

Querrey's answer: the SAT.

08-18-2007, 01:28 AM
He won the first set 7-5, but lost the second set 4-6...

The first set he was playing well, but you could tell he was nervous. And The second set he was just not concentrating at all. Lets see how we do on the third. Hes playing great tennis though :cool:

08-18-2007, 02:11 AM
He Did Not play well in the last to sets, But he had a great tournamnet 6-5 4-6 4-6... sam U choked so many times, with break points.... You need to work on it. But the good thing was Sam never gave up in the match point ran for every ball and it was a long rally with Sam CHasing Down Blakes Smashes

08-18-2007, 06:49 AM
bummer :(

08-18-2007, 03:04 PM
Blake and Querrey played a close-as-could-be match last month in Indianapolis. Querrey served a career-high 34 aces -- including 10 in a row -- while winning in three sets, all of them decided by tiebreakers.

They went the distance again in a much sloppier match.

The 19-year-old Querrey had trouble with his serve and found himself occasionally fighting his nerves in his first televised match from center court.

"I had a blast out there, even though I lost," said Querrey, who is ranked No. 65. "That was one of the most fun matches I've ever played. First of all, TV -- that's pretty cool."

Blake was more aggressive in the final set, coming to the net to gain the upper hand. He crouched and pumped his fists after breaking Querrey's serve to go up 4-3, then served it out and finished it off with an overhead slam at the net.

It's the second time the 27-year-old Blake has reached a Masters semifinal -- he lost the title match at Indian Wells to Federer last year. Blake had to pull out of Montreal last week because of strained abdominal muscles, and didn't know whether he could play. The injury hasn't bothered him.

"Maybe it's a sign that I need to rest a little more sometimes," Blake said. "Maybe it's the lack of expectations coming in. This time, I didn't know what to expect. I wanted to make sure I was healthy."

08-18-2007, 03:35 PM
Sam :yeah: still a good experience for him, now he can take some rest then ready :hug:

here is an interview video from Cincy :wavey:

tennis lover
08-18-2007, 10:23 PM
:awww: still a good tournament for him! :yeah:

08-20-2007, 06:57 AM
OMG Sam is so amazing. I was in Cincy, and I went out to get his autograph as he was leaving after the Blake match. We were waiting around and we could see him inside the lounge talking and then he came out and signed and took pictures with EVERYBODY. He was having conversations with everyone. He's so cute because he's not quite used to it and he's still pretty dorky. This one girl beside me, when Sam is right in front of her, yells, "Sam, you ROCK!" He did this like half-I-feel-like-an-idiot smile and said, "thaaanks." LOL. Before he left he looked around to make sure he had gotten everyone.

08-22-2007, 08:06 PM
Filippo Volandri ITA (29)
Michael Llodra FRA

Stefan Koubek AUT
Sam Querrey USA
US Open draw

08-22-2007, 09:23 PM
A cellphone is an essential tool in the life of any teenager, especially one who’s also a globe-trtting tennis player. Eighteen-year-old Sam Querrey, who reached the Top 10 in the ITF world rankings in 2005, wouldn’t make it a day without his phone as he jets around the hemisphere playing tournaments on the junior and pro circuits. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., logged some of the action his Motorola got during the summer and fall of 2005.

By Colette Lewis

USTA National Championships
Sam arrived at nationals seeded second in the 18s division, hoping to win rare back-to-back titles. He was ranked 14th in the world among juniors by the ITF.

Thursday, August 11
INCOMING: Blake Muller, friend
Blake called me to ask if I can warm him up for his consolation match today. Since I have a day off before my quarterfinal match Friday, it’s no problem. Blake’s my best tennis friend. It was tough facing him in the fourth round Tuesday. I really wanted to win but I also wanted him to win. I was a little nervous because he’d beaten me the last time we played. But I played great, and after the match he bought me some ice cream and blueberries. He grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., and because Thousand Oaks is also outside the Orange County–centered junior tennis hub, we started to play weekly. We just kind of grew into really good friends. He’s headed off to Stanford in a few weeks.

I called my mom to double-check what time she and dad arrive in Kalamazoo on Friday. I also asked her to say hi to Ellen, my younger sister, who won’t be making the trip this year.

OUTGOING: Grant Doyle, personal coach and roommate for the week
I checked with Grant on what time I was scheduled to practice with Dylan Arnould in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 13
INCOMING: Shana Hildebrand, co-producer, The Zoo documentary
After I won my semifinal match against Jesse Levine, Shana called to ask if she could film me and my family when I wake up in the morning—eating breakfast, getting my clothes ready—to see what I do to prepare for the final. I agreed.
The whole crew has been very nice during the filming.

When they first came to my house in the spring, my initial reaction was, “This
is going to be really cool—I’m going to be in a movie.” They filmed me around Thousand Oaks and in a couple of classes at my high school. That was it; it wasn’t too bad. Anytime I needed some space, I could tell them to back off or leave. I didn’t find it annoying or intrusive. It was fun and I look forward to the movie coming out.

After a tense three-set semifinal victory over fifth seed Jesse Levine, Sam faced top seed and ITF No. 1 junior Donald Young for the junior national championship title and the U.S. Open main-draw wild card that goes with it.

Sunday, August 14
I usually don’t call people after I lose and I was pretty mad about losing to Donald. I wanted to win so badly but came up short. I definitely had some chances in the match, but he came out on top. Hopefully I can win it next year.

Although Sam lost to Young 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2 in the Kalamazoo final, he was one of four juniors who received wild cards into the men’s qualifying tournament at the U.S. Open. He lost his first-round match to No. 14 seed Antony Dupuis of France, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

The Querrey Residence

Friday, August 26
INCOMING: Grant Doyle
Grant called to tell me that the USTA has offered me a wild card to play doubles in the U.S. Open main draw with Donald Young. I’m not jumping up and down at the idea. I just got back home from New York and U.S. Open qualifying, where I lost in the first round. Now I have to fly right back tomorrow. I don’t have the greatest results in doubles and I really thought Jesse Levine and Michael Shabaz, the junior Wimbledon doubles champions and runners-up in Kalamazoo, should have gotten the wild card. But Grant and my parents convinced me that I should accept it.

Sam and Donald Young fell in the first round of the men’s doubles main draw.
At the junior U.S. Open tournament Donald, the top seed in singles, and Sam, the 13th seed, didn’t play doubles together.

U.S. Open

Thursday, September 1
OUTGOING: Ed and Jackie Querrey, Sam’s grandparents
I called grandma and grandpa in Southern California to let them know that I lost in the first round of the men’s doubles. Grandpa and a whole bunch of other family members are coming to New York for the U.S. Open junior event.

Sam spent the next few days practicing—and waiting. U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe was expected to name the hitting partners for the tie in Belgium.

Saturday, September 3
Patrick McEnroe, U.S. Davis Cup captain
I kind of heard rumors that I was going to be picked. When McEnroe finally approached me to ask, I was ecstatic. James Blake, Andy Roddick, and the Bryan brothers—the best players and really fun guys. It’s a dream come true to go to Belgium for ten days and hit with those guys.

OUTGOING: Alex Clayton
I’d heard that Alex was also selected, so I called him to talk about it. I didn’t know Alex really well, but later in the week, my cousin Colby and Alex and I got to go to a Yankees game together and we had a great time. Alex had never been to a baseball game before, and Colby, who played at Chico State in California, was explaining it all to him. We had box seats on the third-base side and were close to Derek Jeter—although it doesn’t look like it from the pictures I took with my cellphone.

At the U.S. Open juniors, Sam lost to third seed Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) in the round of 16.
In doubles, he and partner Michael McClune reached the second round.

The Querrey Residence

Late September
INCOMING: College men’s tennis coaches
Peter Smith, University of Southern California; Brian Boland, University of Virginia; John Whitlinger, Stanford University; Jay Lapidus,
Duke University
I was getting a lot of calls from college coaches. It’s a really neat feeling to have so many teams want you to play for them. I made arrangements for four
official recruiting visits.

Pro Circuit events
Sam’s two Futures tournaments in Hawaii produced his best Pro Circuit results of the year. He reached the quarterfinals in Waikoloa and advanced to the final at Honolulu. He ended the year No. 615 on the ATP tour. While there, he made some calls to college coaches.

Tuesday, November 8
OUTGOING: Brian Boland, Virginia, and Jay Lapidus, Duke
I called to let them know that I won’t be going to their colleges. That was really tough. All the coaches are really great guys, but I guess everyone’s got to do it.

OUTGOING: Peter Smith, USC
I told Peter that I wasn’t going to sign early, but that if I go to college, it’ll be at USC. It’s close to home, and I can still work with Grant and go to the Carson USTA High Performance Training Center if I need to. I really like Peter. He’s a great person and a good coach, and he is willing to put professional tournaments on the team schedule for me, so I can travel with a coach and a tutor can come along. That was a big selling point for me.

When I visited USC, I was on the track field and the conductor announced my name to the band. They started playing the USC fight song, and began moving in closer and closer, surrounding me. It was neat.

Sam did not sign a National Letter of Intent to play college ball, although he decided that if he attends college, it will be at USC.

Saturday, November 19
INCOMING: Mark Gorski, IMG
This may be the most exciting call ever. Mark phoned to say that IMG’s client James Blake needs a hitting partner in Chicago in December, and Blake suggested me since we were in Belgium together.
So the week before Christmas, I practiced with James out in Wheaton, Ill. It was a great experience, because I’ve always admired James. He’s a really laid-back guy, and that’s kind of how I am. I like his game, his big forehand. And with all that’s happened in his life, it’s great that he’s made a comeback.

After I played with James, my cousin Colby and I took the train into the city to have dinner and shop on Michigan Avenue. We went to a Bears game, and I was the coldest I’ve ever been in my life—I was almost in tears the entire game.

The Querrey Residence

Late December
OUTGOING: Date for the Senior Ball
I asked a girl to the senior ball, not really a girlfriend, just a friend. I’m going to that in a few weeks. I’m not a good dancer, but good enough to get by.

tennis lover
08-28-2007, 11:14 PM
Sam lost 7-6 6-1 6-1 after having 6 SPs in the first set. :(

08-30-2007, 02:25 PM
Sam, really really bad result but wish him to keep up for next year :hug:

Here is the interview video from USOpen official site :wavey:

09-04-2007, 08:49 PM
Well Sam got to the quarterfinals in doubles with Kendrick.

09-05-2007, 04:25 PM
Also reaching the final eight were unseeded duo Robert Kendrick and Sam Querrey, who beat Florent Serra and Gilles Simon in the quickest match of Day 7, 6-3, 6-1.

10-01-2007, 03:59 PM
Sam is in the second round of the Tokyo Open. He got a bye.

10-01-2007, 03:59 PM
Come on Sam! :bounce:

10-02-2007, 03:57 PM
Sam lost in straights to Navarro Pastor :sobbing:

10-02-2007, 06:25 PM
that's two bad loss for him in a row; on a hard court no less.

does sam only play well in the usa/north america? :o

10-02-2007, 07:45 PM
well his USO result wasn't exactly good either..... maybe he's just going through a transition or something right now :awww:

10-03-2007, 03:44 AM
He's scheduled to come to the Sacramento Challenger next week, and I'm pretty sure he'll be the top seed. I hope he can play well here and get his feet back underneath him.

10-03-2007, 04:05 AM

10-10-2007, 02:11 PM
Good Luck sam :hug: any recent results?

10-13-2007, 12:05 AM
Good Luck sam :hug: any recent results?

Unfortunately he lost to Stadler at the Sacramento Challenger. Sam isn't doing as well I would have expected or hoped this year. Not sure why.:confused:

10-13-2007, 02:02 PM
Well Not the best result, but he has had some good runs, AO 3rd round, and Cincy So its alright with his this year, realy depends on how his confidence and Massive serve is!

10-27-2007, 05:33 PM
Sam is trying to qualify for Paris this week - he beat Guez 7-5 in the third today. Come on Sam!

10-27-2007, 07:00 PM
Yay Sam. Keep it up. :)

10-28-2007, 04:42 PM
Sam beat Acasuso 7-6, 6-3. He hit 21 aces and had no break points against him. He is into the main draw.

10-28-2007, 05:00 PM
Great Sam!! Keep it up :)

10-29-2007, 03:33 PM
he was up a break in the third set against Seppi and lost it, at 3-4 he played a most horrific, error-filled game to drop serve :sobbing:

12-31-2007, 01:12 AM
Sam started off 2008 with a win over Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-5 6-4. Nice start Sam :D

12-31-2007, 05:04 PM
American Sam Querrey became the first winner of the 2008 ATP season as he defeated Belgian Steve Darcis 7-5, 6-4. He fired 11 aces and converted on four of his 11 break point chances to seal the win in one hour and 19 minutes. The 20-year-old Querrey, who is making his Adelaide debut this week, turned in his best career season in 2007, compiling a 19-22 record including an 18-14 mark on hard courts.

01-02-2008, 12:54 AM
Let's Go SAM

01-02-2008, 02:28 AM
Go Sam! :bounce:

01-02-2008, 03:17 AM
Sam loses to Siranni--7-6,6-2,6-3.

01-02-2008, 03:17 AM
Sam hits 18 aces in his loss.

01-02-2008, 03:34 AM
bah :awww: being broken that many times against a relative nobody isn't really a good sign for sam

01-03-2008, 05:04 AM
i haven't heard of his opponent before :awww:

01-05-2008, 06:57 PM
Sam to play Florian Mayer at Auckland in the first round.

01-11-2008, 03:23 PM
Sam to play Olivier Rochus at Aussie Open in the first round.

01-15-2008, 03:59 AM
Sam leads 6-3 3-0 and serves...

01-15-2008, 05:16 AM
Sam won in straights! Good win for him, Luke Jensen kept saying it was one of the best matches he'd seen Sam play. But I think it's important to keep in mind that Oli's struggling with a pretty bad shoulder injury effecting his serve and FH so I think Sam needs to back this up with another good match or two to really show he's ready to have a good year. He'll play either Tursunov or Malisse :awww:

01-15-2008, 04:14 PM
Sam plays Tursunov next. He had to go five sets to beat Malisse.

01-15-2008, 06:48 PM

I saw this funny video of Sam on TTC of him talking about the roof, if I get a chance I wanna upload's funny as hizzeck

01-17-2008, 06:36 AM
Sam knocked off Tursunov 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Big, big win.

I don't think I've ever seen him look so good. He looked really comfortable in the many long rallies. His movement has improved (how about some of that defense?!), as has his backhand. And he played smart. Very encouraging stuff. How the heck did he lose to Sirianni and Mayer?

It's too bad he has to face Djokovic next. He'll have to serve his ass off to have a chance in that one. If he were facing one of the non-elite players, I'd be excited about his chances of winning.

01-17-2008, 07:51 AM
That's awesome. :yeah:

Nole next is :awww: though

01-17-2008, 02:30 PM
Sam! Congrats! Too bad he has to run into Novak but starting the year off on a positive note was so very important for him I think, so if he can just put up a good fight and make it respectable, I think he can be happy about his tournament and ride it for the coming year!

here's his press conference :)
Q. How does that stack up? Is that the best one of your career?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, definitely one of them. I think that and James over the summer, and maybe Youzhny. But this one is Australian Open one of the four biggest tournaments in the world, so it might be the biggest.

Q. Can you talk about the difference today as opposed to the other two times you played him?

SAM QUERREY: Well, the first time I played him was in LA two years ago. It was kind of one of my first big tournaments, and I lost relatively close, 4 and 5. I don't remember much about that one. The other one was in Indianapolis, and I played Blake in the morning. It was 7‑6, 6‑7, 7‑6 and I had another relatively close match, 6 and 3. And today again every set was tight.

But I just hung out there and fought hard and came out victorious.

Q. Did you feel like you got under his skin? Seemed pretty irritated.

SAM QUERREY: A little bit, yeah. I think he was getting frustrated with some people standing up or something. I don't know. It didn't bother me. But, yeah, I think I was kind of just, on his service games, some of the big points, I was just staying 10 feet behind the baseline, I wasn't going to miss a ball. And I think that started to get to him.

Q. You have a pretty big challenge come up.

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, playing Novak Djokovic. I saw he won relatively easily today.

Q. Break that down. I know you haven't had too much time to think about it yet.

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I never played him before. Watched him play many times. He's 3 in the world right now. Had an unbelievable season last year. And I'll have to play very well if I want to beat him, to serve big and just rip every ball as hard as I can.

Q. Has he done a imitation of you yet?

SAM QUERREY: I haven't seen one. I don't think you really imitate guys if they're not in the top 10. I haven't seen that yet.

Q. How do you get from sort of struggling at the challenger level to like this is a major? How do you explain that?

SAM QUERREY: Struggling in challengers, like late last year?

Q. Yeah.

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I played the one in Sacramento. I don't know. Sometimes it's hard because I've ‑‑ I play the challengers, did well, and then played the ATP tournaments for six months. And then you go play a challenger, it's kind of hard to get almost get fired up again for the challenger, which is not good, but that's just sometimes how it is.

And, you know, you've got to be ‑‑ or I have to be ‑‑ treat every tournament and every player the same. Hopefully I'm getting better at that.

Q. You had a real specific game plan for your offseason, if I remember right. Can you talk about that?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, in the offseason I had a trainer and worked out six weeks in a row, off the court and on the court, too, at the same time. I chose not to go to Davis Cup. I stayed home. It was the hardest six weeks I've ever trained, and I think it's paying off.

Q. What sort of things were particularly difficult? What did he have you doing?

SAM QUERREY: We were doing everything. We were in the gym a couple hours a day. Some days we'd go down to the beach and do beach workouts in the sand. Sometimes we'd do weights. I'd bench between 350 and 400 usually like 10 reps. No one got that, but... (smiling).

We'd really do everything. We'd do footwork drills on the court. You guys weren't impressed with that.

Q. In all seriousness, did you add muscle?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I definitely did.

Q. Feel stronger?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I could tell a difference.

Q. Which beach was this?

SAM QUERREY: We usually go to, like, Malibu. Closest one to my house.

Q. Do you feel mentally you're ready to beat a guy like Djokovic?

SAM QUERREY: I hope so. I've just got to go out there and believe I can win, try to do the right things I've been working on. You know, we'll see what happens.

Q. What is it about this tournament that you seem to like so much?

SAM QUERREY: I can't figure that out yet. You know, because last year I made third round. This year I'm in the third round. I don't know. Just one of those tournaments I play well.

Q. It's a long way to go. Does it feel good to you and feel comfortable?

SAM QUERREY: My coach is from Australia. He lived in Melbourne. So he's here with his wife and his parents and their friends. It's kind of nice, they can show me around. It's just a nice city.

I'm not a big sightseer. And sometimes when you go to Europe, you have to see the Eiffel Tower and places like that. You don't have to see anything here, and I like that.

Q. Does it feel Californian to you?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I think that might be it, too. The weather, I like the hot weather. I like the dry heat, although sometimes it can be humid here. I feel comfortable playing here.

Q. Who you hanging with playerwise when you're in the tournaments? Who do you spend some time with?

SAM QUERREY: Mostly the American guys, Andy, James, some of the younger guys, Alex Kunetzov, Scott Oudsema, Amer Delic, Robert Kendrick. You know, everyone.

Q. You guys going out to dinner together in the evening?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, went out last night. Just kind of some nights we will, some nights we kind of do our own thing. Just kind of depends.

01-17-2008, 02:47 PM
Six weeks of off-season training :yeah: :yeah:

01-17-2008, 03:16 PM
Maybe he should take a year off and do only training and come back and win a grand slam.

01-17-2008, 05:02 PM
Sam! :banana:

01-29-2008, 02:51 AM
Sam need improve his power

02-13-2008, 10:08 PM
Sam won his first match in Delray this week, keep it up sam :D

02-14-2008, 03:57 AM
He should beat his next opponent. Go Sam!

02-14-2008, 11:03 PM
Good win. Sam beats Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

02-15-2008, 12:21 AM
nice sam!!!

02-15-2008, 09:47 AM

02-15-2008, 03:49 PM
DELRAY BEACH - The Delray Beach International Tennis Championship has taken on a distinct American flavor.

Six Americans stormed into the quarterfinals today, evidenced by a draw sheet with first names Robby, Bobby, Mardy, James, Sam and Vincent.

"It's a great thing. Maybe eventually we'll get Sports Illustrated or somebody to write that American tennis is not dying and that we're alive and well. We're Davis Cup champions and now we're having a good week here and hopefully we'll have someone raising the cup at the end of the week, too," said No. 1 seed James Blake after beating Paul Capdeville 6-1, 6-4 Thursday.

"It's good for American tennis," said Sam Querrey, 20, the youngest of the Americans but possibly the one with the brightest future.

"It's good to reconfirm the presence of American tennis and hopefully it is blooming into something bigger and better," said veteran Vincent Spadea, 33, who faces Querrey today.

Querrey turned pro in 2006 after graduating from high school and came into the tournament ranked No. 62 and seeded at No. 3.

A lean 6 feet 6, Querrey has a booming serve that has many likening him to Andy Roddick, America's top-ranked player who is not in the field at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

"I feel like I am making progress," said Querrey after outlasting Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Spadea, the No. 6 seed, grew up in Boca Raton and is playing in his record 11th ITC, a tournament he has never won but where he has made it to the semifinals the past three years.

Spadea, who downed Gilles Muller 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, turned pro in 1993 when Querrey was 6, and reached a career-high ranking of 19 in 1999 and 2004, and came into the ITC ranked 73.

Spadea and Querrey are meeting for the third time, having split their first two matches, both played in 2006.

"He is always a dangerous player. It will be a tough match," Spadea said. "I will use what I have learned in the past to try and fend off his serve and use some new things to try and beat him."

Two of the four quarterfinals pit American vs. American, while Blake faces Russian Igor Kunitsyn, who defeated d. Max Mirnyi 7-6 (4), 6-3, and Bobby Reynolds plays Japan's Kei Nishikori.

02-15-2008, 07:20 PM
Sam beat Spadea 6-2, 6-4. He hit 10 aces. Served better today. He is in the semis.

02-16-2008, 01:37 AM
Yay Sam! :D I'll get to watch the semis tomorrow!

02-16-2008, 08:52 AM

02-16-2008, 08:22 PM
Sam blew 4 MPs in the third set TB :sobbing:

Winston's Human
02-16-2008, 08:29 PM
Sam played really passively every time he was up in the third set. He really needs to learn how to take matches when he is ahead.

02-16-2008, 09:21 PM
Yes, it's been a huge huge problem for him. he's really gotta work on it somehow and make it through some of these. I thought beating Blake last year would be that breakthrough he needed but I guess not :awww:

02-17-2008, 01:00 AM
Kei Nishikori, the 18-year-old from Japan, pulled off an astonishing win in the semifinal of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships here when he saved four match points in the third set tiebreaker before beating Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(7).

Nishikori advanced to his first career ATP final where he will play 2007 finalist James Blake on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The top-seeded Blake beat friend and fellow American Robby Ginepri, 6-4, 6-4. Ginepri held a 3-1 lead in the second set, but after Blake broke for 4-4, Ginepri checked out mentally, rapidly dissolving in the next two games.

At 6-3 to the tall American in the breaker, Nishikori showed his fighting spirit as well as his innate talent for the game by chasing all over the court before ending up in a quick fire volley exchange at the net that he terminated with a unanswerable forehand. For the last twenty minutes of this riveting contest the Bollettieri student was obviously feeling the effects of having played seven matches in eight days – a work load he is not used to. Often, Nishikori took breathers in the shade at the back of the court and tapped his thigh muscles – a tell tale sign that cramp was pending.

Querrey, on the other hands, had foregone the chance to be on the U.S. Davis Cup squad for the final against Russia in Portland, Oregon last November so that he could build up his strength. Apart from practice sessions with Pete Sampras, Querrey had pounded the sands on Malibu beach and the effort seemed to be paying rich dividends. The Californian’s form has picked up this year and he arrived here on the back of a good Australian Open that included a fine win over Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov. His first appearance in an ATP final would have given him another big lift but it was not to be.

The match hinged on Querrey’s first serve. When he got it in – as he did 63 percent of the time – Nishikori rarely had a play on the ball. But as soon as Sam had to rely on a second serve, he knew he was likely to end up second best. Off the ground, Nishikori could control the points and run his gangling opponent all over the court. He could also come up with some stunning outright winners, too, and frequently took Querrey out of the play with a sudden acceleration of speed, both of foot and shot.

Querrey had managed to dominate the first set with his serving but when the lightly-built Japanese attacked with style and gusto to take the second, the normally laid-back Querrey threw his racket to the ground in frustration and earned himself a code of conduct warning. Querrey, serving ahead in the deciding set, broke in the first game; led 3-1 and then had a chance to break again when he had his opponent 30-40 down but Nishikori, who does not panic, came up with a center line ace smack on the line.

After Nishikori had leveled at six points each in the breaker, Querrey reached match point again at 7-6 but still could not prevent Kei from imposing himself on the point and conjuring up the kind of angles that will carry him up the ATP ranking list at a fair old gallop. Already he will rise from his pre-tournament position of 244 to approximately 146 – and that’s if he loses in tomorrow’s final. In the meantime he has become the first Japanese man to reach a final on the pro tour since Shuzo Matsuoka lost to Wayne Ferreira in the final of the Stella Artois Championships at the Queen’s Club in London in 1992.

Afterwards, a smiling Nishikori admitted he had been disappointed with the way he played in the first set. "I was not moving well," he admitted. "But now I am so happy."

Quickly, however, he added, "But I have one more tomorrow." Until the final is over he will not call his parents in Japan. "It is wrong time," he said. "And I used to do it half way through tournament and then lose. Not good."

02-17-2008, 11:22 AM
Sam :( Why is it that the American players have mental problems :sobbing:

02-17-2008, 06:26 PM
Sam :( Why is it that the American players have mental problems :sobbing:


02-26-2008, 06:26 PM
Sam beat Russell 3-6.6-3, 7-5. Sam served 17 aces. He was down 3-5 in the third set but broke Russell twice to win the set.

02-26-2008, 07:56 PM
great win :D

02-27-2008, 04:24 AM
good job :)

02-27-2008, 03:21 PM
No. 5 seed and last year's quarterfinalist Sam Querrey rallied to defeat countryman Michael Russell 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round, improving his record to 7-5 on the season.

Russell served for the match at 5-3 and was two points away from the victory twice but Querrey broke and then held for 5-5. He then broke again in the 11th game when Russell double-faulted. Querrey closed out the match, hitting his 16th and 17th aces.

"I was playing a little tentative when he went up a break but then I picked it up," said Querrey, who will face Swede Jonas Bjorkman in the second round. "I hope to be a little more aggressive in my next match and this is good to get through a match like this."

Querrey converted three of eight break points while Russell was successful on two of five break points in the one hour and 51 minute match.

02-27-2008, 09:06 PM
Rising American Sam Querrey, all 6 feet, 6 inches of him, was braced to take a painful fall in the opening round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Tennis Championships Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

The fifth seed had been broken late in the third and final set by compatriot Michael Russell, who found himself, torn rotator cuff and bloody right arm not withstanding, serving for the match.
Michael Russell was down, and eventually out, against Sam Querrey on Tuesday at The Racquet Club. An ailing shoulder will likely sideline Russell at least a month.

Sam Querrey, the fifth seed at the Regions Morgan Keegan Classic, overcame a shaky match to hold off fellow American and friend Michael Russell on Tuesday.

The added pressure, and possible embarrassment of an early exit, motivated Querrey. With the match on Russell's racquet, Querrey nimbly recovered by breaking Russell. He followed by winning the next three games and earning a spot in the second round with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Among a group of young Americans considered to be potential top 25 players, Querrey, 20, advanced along with No. 4 seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, No. 6 seed Thomas Johansson and 2007 Memphis quarterfinalist Mardy Fish. Johansson ousted wild card entry and two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin, making his first Memphis appearance, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

Top seed Andy Roddick, winner of last year's tour stop in San Jose, and No. 8 seed Robin Soderling, runnerup last week in Rotterdam, play their opening matches today.

Querrey said his goal in 2008 -- after finishing in the top 75 last year -- is to be more consistent. His goal at this week's RMKC, where he reached the quarterfinals in 2007, is to play his all-court game with a little more abandon.

''Hopefully, I can be a little more aggressive and step up my next match and hit through the court,'' Querrey said. ''But it's definitely good to be through a match like that.''

Russell, a 29-year-old Houston native, won the first set in the style that has earned him the nicknames 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Spanky' on tour. He chased down every shot, frustrating Querrey who struggled with serve and made multiple unforced errors.

In the second set, Querrey got the break of serve he needed to go up, 3-1. After Russell saved three break points, Querrey converted on the fourth, rushing to the net to get to a short ball and blister a forehand winner. In the set, Querrey lost only two points in five service games.

During the break between the second and third set, Russell summoned ATP Tour trainer Clay Sniteman to examine his ailing right shoulder. Russell returned to play the third set and nearly pulled off the upset.

Afterward, Russell said had he won he likely would have had to withdraw from the tournament because of his shoulder.

''I didn't realize (his injury) until I saw him rubbing his shoulder,'' Querrey said. ''But I knew last week he pulled out last week (at San Jose) with a shoulder injury.

''I think it started to bug him at the end of the match. He was just kind of sliding his first serve in.''

Russell said Querrey's normal aggressive play may have been neutralized by concern for Russell's injury.

''We're friends, I'm injured, and I think it played with his mind a little bit and he didn't play as well,'' Russell said. ''I felt like he was nervous and tight from the baseline.''

In his 11th year on the ATP Tour, Russell is known not only for his on-court hustle and scrappy play -- he bloodied his right arm in four places while diving unsuccessfully on a volley attempt in third set -- but for reaching the fourth round at the 2001 French Open.

Russell said he'll return to Houston to have his shoulder examined and may have to miss as many as six weeks. He said he injured his shoulder three weeks ago before playing in the Delray Beach, Fla., tournament.

''Every week it's been getting worse and worse,'' Russell said. ''I had a cortisone shot last week and I felt pretty good (Tuesday) in the first set, then fatigue set in. I'm going to have to take a month off.''

Russell said he hoped taking last week off would help, but said his shoulder didn't improve significantly.

''Unfortunately it didn't hold up,'' Russell said. ''I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board. It's just a matter of rest and strengthening, and then I'll be back.''

Russell said his shoulder problems didn't affect his groundstrokes, which he consistently struck with authority. But his serve was below par, rarely reaching 100 mph on the courtside radar gun.

''In the first set he was playing well, he was just ripping the ball from side to side,'' Querrey said. ''I got a little frustrated.

''In the second set I came back and played well and in the third set he went up a break. I was getting tattered and I was afraid to step up and hit the ball.''

After getting the break late in the third set, Querrey's confidence returned.

''I started stepping up and hitting it a bit,'' he said.

02-28-2008, 08:18 PM
A prediction--
Tennis Prediction: Rising American talent No.63 Sam Querrery prepares to meet the one of the tours veteran players in the second round – 35-year-old No. 85 Jonas Bjorkman. This is their first event match, and on home turf, Sam Querrey is a good bet to nick his first victory over the veteran Swede. Bringing a 7/5 record into this match, which includes his season’s best run—an appearance at the Delray Beach semifinal, Querrey holds value at -220. However, Bjorkman at +170 would not be an outrageous play as he is a player who because of his experience can keep up with the up-and-comers. A tough match it should be, but

I would go with the odds makers and take Querrey

Tennis Free Picks: Querrey in straight sets

02-29-2008, 01:54 PM
He lost to Jonas 4-6 6-4 6-7 :(

02-29-2008, 04:40 PM
tough loss but not a huge surprise - Jonas is a good returner and is so aggressive, I knew he'd pose problems for Sam :awww:

02-29-2008, 08:37 PM
Querrey had reached the semifinals of the Tour event in Delray Beach, Fla., two weeks ago and appeared as if he'd reach the RMKC semifinals. In the third set, he lost only six points in six service games and didn't face a break point.

But he gradually unraveled in the tiebreaker. A backhand error put Bjorkman up a minibreak at 5-4 and a forehand error gave the Swede a 6-4 lead. On match point, Querrey hit a second-serve return long.

Bjorkman, winner of six career singles titles and more than $14 million in prize money, joked afterward he wished he could have Querrey's serve for just one week. Bjorkman finished with three aces, but displayed his trademark touch -- honed by years as a successful doubles player -- around the net.

"I played aggressive and quick and I think I took Sam by surprise a bit in the first set," Bjorkman said. "Then he started to find his rhythm in the second set and started to serve really well. I couldn't put enough pressure on him. In the third set, it was just a battle."

Bjorkman, a former top 5 player in the world, hasn't won a singles title in three years, but his play this week has him in position to snap the streak.

''Now I'm playing up to my standard," Bjorkman said. "I'm playing really good tennis again. I'm moving well and these courts allow me to come to the net again, which is not often these days.''

03-03-2008, 03:24 PM
First Round Morning Line
By Joel Drucker

Monday, March 3
Sam Querrey vs. Sebastien Grosjean
Did you say you wanted some entertainment? Two lively shotmakers go at it - but in quite different ways. Young Querrey has made it his way up the ranks with a massive serve and odd but effective forehand. He's loose and languid but of course also driven. Grosjean's a veteran, but his game still has its own youthful quality, cracking balls off all sides, smacking serves and generally creating commotion in all corners. At this stage of his career, Querrey would love a win over Grosjean. But Grosjean's got a batch of skills, and once he starts flinging back serves, he'll be the one issuing the queries. Grosjean in three.

03-04-2008, 04:43 AM
Sam won in three - 6-2 4-6 7-6

03-04-2008, 01:38 PM
really good win - he saved match point!

03-04-2008, 08:51 PM
American Sam Querrey beat Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8). Querrey fired nine aces in the match, including one clocked at 136 mph.

"I had to serve on his match point and worked through it," Querrey said. "Then I just kind of buckled down and made a good first serve there (on his final ace). I actually caught him really clean."

It was the third time this season that Querrey has been involved in a third-set tiebreaker, and he won one for the first time. "I was kind of sick of that," he said. "It felt good to get over it."

03-05-2008, 02:45 PM
Nicolas Kiefer vs. Sam Querrey
The veteran Kiefer modeled his game after Andre Agassi, even mimicking Agassi's distinctive pigeon-toed walk. But it's the homage to the backhand that's earned Kiefer more than $6 million - a sweet, compact stroke he can strike to all corners. His mission is to get Querrey on the trot, counterpunching the lanky American into awkward positions. Querrey is still sorting out his mix of prudent defense and effective offense. It's a tough go versus a man who returns as well as Kiefer. Assuming Kiefer stays solid and positive, he'll stare down some big serves and get it done in three.