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."