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A Queen’s Champion Seven Years Ago, Sam Querrey Refuses To Dwell On The Past

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LONDON: It was a tricky second round encounter for Sam Querrey at the Aegon Championships on Thursday. Facing Australian lucky loser Jordan Thompson, he prevailed  7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4, after over two hours of play.

The 2010 champion initially struggled to tame his opponent, who stunned world No.1 Andy Murray two days ago. Opportunities came and went during the first two sets as he failed to convert a total of eight break points. The inability proved too troublesome for the American, who dropped the second set due to a lapse in his mentality.

Regardless of the scare, Querrey bounced back against a growingly frustrated Thompson. Breaking for 2-0 at the start of the decider, the Australian was slammed with a code violation after hitting a ball high into the air out of anger. An example of the disparity in experience between the two players. Continuing to weather the storm with the help of a second consecutive break, the world No.28 moved into the last eight after a serve out wide proved too much for Thompson to handle.

“It was tough out  there. It was windy. The first set I had numerous chances and couldn’t get them but played a good tiebreaker. He played a good second (set).” Querrey said about the match.
“The Third set was strange. Break of serve, break of serve, break of serve. Then he had a Love-40 on me. I felt when I climbed out of that game I had a lot of momentum and felt good about my chances of closing it out.”

The past is the past

Seven years have passed since Querrey lifted the trophy at the Queen’s Club. Since then, he has achieved a ranking best of 17th in the world, won four additional ATP titles and reached the quarter-finals at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Some players relished in that fact they are a former champion of a tournament, but not the fast-serving 29-year-old.

“I don’t think the win from seven years ago has any effect on how I play today or going forward. That was fun to win it back then, but seven years is a long time ago.”

Providing a frank assessment of his game, Querrey explained how his 2017 style differs to that of seven years ago. He believes he is more confident at the net, has a better backhand and returns well. All three of those aspects was highlighted earlier this year when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the Alcapulco Open to claim ATP trophy No.9.

Querrey might have changed over the years, but the venue he plays at remained the same. This year is his 10th consecutive year playing at The Queen’s Club. A fact the American seeks comfort in.

“Besides the stands are a little different, the courts are a little different, it feels the same. The locker room hasn’t changed. The players lounge is one of the best.” He said.
“Seven years ago I feel like you had a full crowd on Monday at 12:30 for that first match, which you rarely have at tournaments. Little things are different, but it always feels the same when I come back.”

Bidding to reach the last four for the first time since 2012, Querrey’s next test will be the formidable Gilles Muller. Muller is currently on a six-match winning streak after winning ‘s-Hertogenbosch last week. It will be the first meeting between the two since 2009.

“It’s never fun to play a tall lefty, serve-and-volleyer on any surface, and the grass makes it a little tougher.” He concluded about the upcoming match.

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Tommy Paul Downs Lorenzo Musetti Wins Maiden Grass Court Title At Queen’s Club

Tommy Paul is the new American number one!

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Tommy Paul has won his maiden grass court title at Queen’s Club after defeating Lorenzo Musetti 6-1 7-6(8).

The fifth seed was too good for the Italian who never really got going as Paul claimed his first title at ATP 500 level.

It was Paul’s third ATP title of his career and moves to world number 12 after an impressive week.

Heading into the final, Paul had beaten Jack Draper and Sebastian Korda and the American continued his red-hot form in the opening set.

Incredible movement on the grass as Paul played efficient counter-attacking tennis as he frustrated Musetti early on.

The American secured the early break for a 3-0 lead as the world number 13 dictated with power and touch.

Looking for a response, Musetti aimed to dictate play on the backhand and the Italian’s serve was firing in the next game as he secured his only hold of the match.

However, Paul was too consistent and solid as the American broke again and would soon win the opening set 6-1.

In the second set, Musetti started more positively as he was more proactive and aggressive as he looked to control his power more.

Paul managed to outlast Musetti’s early power to keep moving the Italian about and creating angles to hit winners into.

After a controlled start, Musetti produced a reckless seventh game as erratic unforced errors saw Paul break for a 4-3 lead.

The American was calm and collected for the majority of the match but when serving for the match Paul faltered under pressure.

Too many missed first serves saw Musetti with an opportunity to break back and the Italian didn’t need a second invitation as a crisp backhand return winner sealed the break back to level the set at 5-5.

An inspired Musetti applied pressure on Paul with some phenomenal hitting from the baseline as he secured consistent winners.

The American held his nerve to force a second set tiebreak as the American looked to overcome some jitters.

It looked like Musetti was going to cruise to the tiebreak but the Italian squandered a 4-1 lead in what was a highly entertaining tiebreak.

In the end Paul would win the tiebreak 10-8 and secure his first ATP 500 title as well as becoming the new American number one.

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Jannik Sinner Wins Maiden Grass-Court Title In Halle

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Jannik Sinner has reached another milestone in his blossoming career after claiming his first title on grass at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle. 

The world No.1 ousted fifth seed and doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(8), 7-6,(2), in a tightly contested encounter. Sinner was sternly tested by the big-hitting Pole who knocked French Open finalist Alexander Zverev out of the tournament on Saturday. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top to become only the eighth player in PIF ATP ranking history to claim a trophy in his first tournament as world No.1.

“This means a lot,” Sinner told TennisTV. “It was a tough match against Hubi. I knew that I had to serve really well. You play only a couple of really important points throughout the whole set. I tried to produce in the best possible way in the important moments. 
“I’m very happy about this tournament because it’s my first time winning (a title) on a grass court. It’s a good feeling.”

Proceedings got underway with a 53-minuite opening set which saw no breaks of serves during the first 12 games played. However, each player had one opportunity to do so during the early stages. In the tiebreak, Sinner continued to be troubled by Hurkacz after failing to maintain a 5-2 lead. Then at 6-5, he was unable to convert his first set point due to an ace from his opponent. He missed a second opportunity to do so before prevailing on his third by hitting a shot deep to the baseline that his rival returned into the net. Making Sinner the first player to take a set off Hurkacz this week. 

It was a case of deja vu in the second frame with both players standing strong behind their serve. Hurkacz was unable to find a way to break but he did win over the crowd after hitting a fantastic over-the-shoulder passing shot without looking to win a point. 

Meanwhile, Sinner continued to weather the storm as he closed in on victory. The second tiebreaker saw him capitalised on back-to-back unforced errors from his rival en route to a 5-1 lead. Two points later he earned his first match point with the help of another costly mistake from across the court before closing the match out with ease.

Sinner’s latest victory is only the second time he has beaten a top 10 player on the grass with his first triumph being against Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon two years ago. He is also the second player to win Halle whilst ranked No.1 in the world after Roger Federer. 

Heading into Wimbledon, the 22-year-old has won four ATP trophies so far this season on three different surfaces. He has now won 38 out of his last 41 matches played. 

“I’m looking forward to it,” Sinner said of the next Grand Slam. “Last year I made the semis and played some good tennis. So let’s see what’s coming this year. 
“For sure I’m more confident on this surface. Obviously, the grass here (in Halle) might be a bit different to Wimbledon but I have a week to prepare so hopefully it is going to be a good tournament.”

Sinner is the 17th active male player to win a tour-level title on all three surfaces. 

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(VIDEO) Jannik Sinner And Lorenzo Musetti Create Italian Grass Court History

Italian tennis keeps getting stronger as Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti make more history on grass.

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Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti created Italian grass court history by becoming the first Italians to reach ATP grass court finals in the same week.

The world number one, Jannik Sinner, overcame Zhizhen Zhang in straight sets to reach the final in Halle.

It’s Sinner’s best ever performance at Halle and will now face doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz for the title on Sunday.

Meanwhile at Queen’s Club Lorenzo Musetti reached his second ATP 500 final with victory over Jordan Thompson in three sets.

It’s Musetti’s third ATP final of his career and his first ATP 500 final since 2022 where he beat Carlos Alcaraz in the Hamburg final.

Ubitennis founder Ublado Scanagatta reflects on the historic achievements by Sinner and Musetti and the impact it could have on the whole pyramid of Italian tennis.

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