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Queens: USA 2, England 0

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Sam Querrey d. Mardy Fish, 76(3) 75

Big, jug-eared trophy, big, jug-eared man.

Sam Querrey came out on top in the Final No-one Saw Coming, capitalising on being the only seed left in the draw after everyone’s picks for the title crashed out earlier in the competition: Rafa Nadal lost to the excellent Feliciano Lopez, Novak Djokovic to Xavier Malisse, Andy Murray to Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick to pocket rocket Dudi Sela, and Marin Cilic to Michael Llodra. It was that sort of week, so credit to Querrey and Fish for making it to the final. Fish looked the better player all week and indeed served for the second set, but seemed to be overpowered by his own desire and rather collapsed at the end of the match, leaving the field clear for Sam’s well-executed baseline game.

Both boys were suitably charming in the post-match analysis, with Sam earning bonus points for meretriciously picking England to win the World Cup and thereby deserving the traditional somewhat awkward Queens locker-room trophy photo shoot.

Strike a pose, it turns out there is something to it.

That’s Sam’s third title for the year (only Rafa has more) and he’s picked up one indoors, on clay and grass. Not a bad year for the emo one. Not bad at all.

Incidentally, if anyone’s still interested in my Queens experiences earlier in the week, I’ll try to write something. Actually, I probably will even if nobody is. So there.

8 Responses to “Queens: USA 2, England 0”

  1. AmyLu said

    Would love to hear your thoughts! I still can’t quite wrap my head around how Sam and Mardy played in the final (or that Rafa lost to friggin’ Feliciano Lopez of all people). While I’m really happy for Sam that he won the title, I’m just hoping he can actually make the second week of Wimbledon — I feel like Sam has proven himself really well in the 250s and 500s, but now it’s time to start progressing in Master’s and Slams.

    • gauloises1 said

      Much word to that. I would like to see Sam bolster his big-stage credentials, at least when he isn’t the total underdog. There’s no reason he shouldn’t put together semi-decent runs at Slams.

    • gauloises1 said

      And for the record, I was very surprised by Rafa’s loss – although from what I saw, Lopez was playing great all week, and my one (and probably only) experience of Rafa live and in colour was him dropping a set to Istomin. But yes, still a bit of a shock.

      • AmyLu said

        I watched the match, and I thought Lopez played fantastically. He served well, he volleyed well, and the big key, I think, is his BH held up really well (his slice was really effective). I thought Rafa’s form came and went in the match — at points he looked very good, particularly the forehand, and other points, it looked like his mind was already on the beach in Mallorca. Didn’t have much in the way of expectations for Rafa for the week, but I really can’t stand Lopez. I don’t know why I don’t like him, but I don’t. At all. So it would have been far preferable to me, if Rafa had lost to just about any other player in the field. Or a ball kid.

  2. tennisetviola said

    Being a Sam fan, I really want him to do better in Masters and Slams. Though you have to love that awkward photo op. Gonna save all of those photos on my computer and looking at them from time to time for a good laugh.

  3. naughty T...curmudgeon is the way to go said

    good day for KSwiss…

    • AmyLu said

      I was actually thinking about that too — I can’t remember the last time two finalist were wearing KSwiss.

  4. harini said

    Yes G, please do a write-up about your Queens trip!

    I’m happy for Sam! I hope that he will get through to the second week of Wimbledon too. That would be nice to see.

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