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.
â€œThis is definitely my biggest win in a long time.Â It was a big moment, a big court, and it feels great,â€ Querrey told media.
The match which was tight throughout ended with each man winning 153 total points.
It was Querreyâ€™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,â€ Querrey noted.Â â€œIt’s great to have a tennis mind like his, you know, on my side.
â€œHe’s a great motivator, great coach.Â I mean, I think anyone agrees probably one of the best coaches out there, and so it’s been a huge help for me.
â€œI mean, obviously it’s different from everyone that we, you know, that I play, but we’re just working on playing big.Â Hitting big first serves, big second serves, big forehands.Â I’m just trying to come at guys more.
â€œYou know, that’s the stuff we work on.Â Lots of just, you know, short ball, just boom, hit it.Â Hit it as hard as you can and keep coming.â€
Querrey spoke about his opponent in the third round. â€œI play Cilic,â€ said the American. â€œPlayed twice before, once here.Â I lost in five sets, and then two weeks ago in Queen’s lost in three sets.
â€œIt’s going to be a tough one.Â It’s rare to play a guy all three times on grass because it’s such a short season.
â€œIt’s kind of a similar style to Raonic.Â His serve might not be quite as big, but, you know, maybe he’s a little more dynamic from the baseline.
â€œBut it’s going to be tough.Â We have played twice before.Â Both are tough threeâ€‘setters.Â I’m going to try to be a little more aggressive than usual or two weeks ago.Â He’s just a tough guy.Â No one wants to see Cilic in his draw.â€