He moves on to face 20th seed Sam Querrey, who is the top-ranked U.S. player here because of Isner's absence. It's the first time Querrey has carried that mantle in a Grand Slam event, but he'd rather not look at things that way.
"I don't feel like I am,'' said Querrey, who dropped a first-set tiebreak to Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava but played efficiently thereafter and smacked 27 aces in a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory. "I feel like the No. 2 American even though John's not here, which is unfortunate. I haven't even thought about it; everyone keeps asking me about it, but it's a complete nonissue.
"I mean, Serena is probably the real leader,'' he added. "I guess on the men's side, a lot of the younger guys are here, so I guess so, a little bit. … I'm just doing the best I can. I'm cheering for the other guys and they're cheering for me, so we're all in it together, but I don't feel like too much of a leader.''
That togetherness will have to be suspended in the second round. Querrey and Baker have gotten to know each other fairly well off the court, but they've played only once before, last year in a Challenger-level tournament on clay where Querrey won in three sets. "We haven't hit too much, so it'll be a little bit of a new scenario,'' Querrey said. "I'm just going to try to keep serving well and dominate with my forehand, and hopefully that's enough to get by him.''..
Wish he would play more more aggressive like in the final set more often. Well done Sam :)
04-11-2013, 05:11 PM
Sam Querrey withdraws from Houston with an injury from twitter
04-11-2013, 09:58 PM
HOUSTON (AP) — Fourth-seeded Sam Querry withdrew from the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship before his first-round match Thursday because of a strained right pectoral muscle.
Querry, the top ranked American at No. 20 in the world, was about to play wild card Rhyne Williams of the United States when he decided to withdraw.
"When I was warming up today I went hard to test it and if I had one more day or maybe two, I think it would be good," Querry said. "It's just extreme fatigue in my pec and when I go up to serve and on forehands it catches it and it's achy and painful and I just don't want to tear it."
Querry won't play again for three weeks and doesn't anticipate an extended layoff.
"Because it's gotten so much better since Monday I think it three days it will be almost 100 percent," Querry said. "I've got three weeks to get healthy and back on the clay."
Sam Querrey, the highest-ranked American man at No. 20 and the 18th seed at the French Open, fell in the third round Friday in five fleet sets to local favorite Gilles Simon of France, 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Though it was a five-set match on clay, the pace of play was quick; Simon claimed victory in just 2 hours 53 minutes.
Though he lost, Querrey played some of the most impressive clay court tennis of his career, and actually won one more total point than Simon.
“I think he plays unbelievably well,” Simon said in his French press conference. “He plays really well. He played even better than me. For two sets and a half, he was really leading.”
Querrey, who has often previously succumbed to patches of hangdog mopeyness, kept his energy level high throughout the match, and never looked at all disengaged even when the match was trending away from him.
“”He played better than me,” Simon reiterated. “He was serving hard. He hit well on the forehand. He never missed a backhand.”
Simon admitted frustration at Querrey’s clean play, especially early in the match. In the first set, Querrey hit 14 winners to just two by Simon.
“At some stage, when the guy’s playing really well, he’s hitting really hard and he’s playing well, very close to the lines, I think this is not going to last for very long,” said Simon. “I can’t just admire him and say, This is great. I think, no, sometimes he’s going to miss. And then I start saying stupid things. And I say to them, ‘hey, you can miss a ball now and again.’”
But after Querrey went up a break for 2-0 to start the fourth set, the opportunistic Simon gained a foothold, and immediately gained the break back. in the fourth set when his opponent’s level briefly dipped, Querrey went up a break for 2-0 but then quickly gave a break back.
“It was simply above my normal level of play,” Simon said of the match. I had a second good moment when again I gave it all, and he gave me no other option, anyway. So I’m very happy that I won this match. For me it’s a big victory.”
Querrey’s loss leaves John Isner as the final American man remaining in the tournament. Isner reached the third round Friday with a dramatic five-set match of his own, coming back to beat fellow American Ryan Harrison 5-7, 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6. If Isner wins his third-round match over Tommy Haas, he will re-enter the Top 20 and regain the mantle of the top American.
Has a bye in the first round, then Bedene/Mathieu and possibly Hewitt and Dimitrov.
06-19-2013, 09:00 PM
Sam def. Gasquet in the Boodles Exho, for more info: http://www.theboodles.com/
06-21-2013, 08:33 PM
Richard Gasquet  - Marcel Granollers
Andreas Haider-Maurer - Go Soeda [Q]
James Blake - Thiemo De Bakker
Sam Querrey  - Bernard Tomic
06-22-2013, 11:32 AM
I managed to get a quick interview with Sam this week. He talked about what it's like to be a big guy playing on grass and a few other things: http://www.livetennis.com/category/Tournaments/Live-Tennis-exclusive-Sam-Querrey-interview-201306220003/
Hope you find it interesting!
07-07-2013, 12:00 AM
Newport R1: Tim Smyczek
Full draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/315/mds.pdf
07-27-2013, 01:31 AM
(11) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Bye
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
(6) Sam Querrey (USA) Bye
08-06-2013, 08:07 AM
Anyone know why he's not playing Montreal?
08-12-2013, 08:45 PM
What a disastrous summer hardcourt season...
Dead Net Cord
08-13-2013, 10:19 AM
Yeah, I expected him to kind of peak at this time of the season.
08-22-2013, 09:13 PM
In the quarterfinal of WSO.
FEDERER, Roger SUI  - ZEMLJA, Grega SLO
GIRALDO, Santiago COL - BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG - MANNARINO, Adrian FRA
PELLA, Guido ARG - QUERREY, Sam USA 
Dead Net Cord
08-22-2013, 09:44 PM
Making it to R3 is a must.
08-24-2013, 12:28 AM
Lost in 3 to Melzer in the semifinal of WSO.
Dead Net Cord
08-24-2013, 08:40 AM
He defended the points from last year but he's going to fall out of TOP 30 on Monday.