2014/07/28

Querrey Hits 21 Aces to Upset Raonic

WIMBLEDON – In a match held over from Thursday due to darkness, American Sam Querrey hit 21 aces to upset 21st seed, Canadian Milos Raonic at Wimbledon 6-7(3), 7-6(7), 7-6(8), 6-4 on Friday to move into the third round.

 

“This is definitely my biggest win in a long time.  It was a big moment, a big court, and it feels great,” Querrey told media.

The match which was tight throughout ended with each man winning 153 total points.

 

It was Querrey’s second consecutive win over a Canadian at Wimbledon. He defeated Vasek Pospisil in the first round.

Querrey currently ranked 64th was a top 20 player before right elbow surgery a year ago.

Querrey is currently working with former player, current ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert. Querrey credits Gilbert with his recent resurgence: Yeah, Brad’s been a huge help,” Querrey noted.  “It’s great to have a tennis mind like his, you know, on my side.

“He’s a great motivator, great coach.  I mean, I think anyone agrees probably one of the best coaches out there, and so it’s been a huge help for me.

“I mean, obviously it’s different from everyone that we, you know, that I play, but we’re just working on playing big.  Hitting big first serves, big second serves, big forehands.  I’m just trying to come at guys more.

“You know, that’s the stuff we work on.  Lots of just, you know, short ball, just boom, hit it.  Hit it as hard as you can and keep coming.”

 

Querrey spoke about his opponent in the third round. “I play Cilic,” said the American. “Played twice before, once here.  I lost in five sets, and then two weeks ago in Queen’s lost in three sets.

“It’s going to be a tough one.  It’s rare to play a guy all three times on grass because it’s such a short season.

“It’s kind of a similar style to Raonic.  His serve might not be quite as big, but, you know, maybe he’s a little more dynamic from the baseline.

“But it’s going to be tough.  We have played twice before.  Both are tough three‑setters.  I’m going to try to be a little more aggressive than usual or two weeks ago.  He’s just a tough guy.  No one wants to see Cilic in his draw.”

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