(March 23, 2013) Sam Querrey, newly minted as the top US male player as he moved past John isner this week was forced to come back against Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday at the Sony Open.
“I started out a little slow,” Querrey said. “Broke me the first game, but then he served really well rest of the first set. But after that I felt pretty good second and third sets.
“Served big, hit my forehand well. I was pretty happy.”
Querrey was playing with little rest he said due to an electronic music festival taking place near his hotel.
“I’m not sleeping well because of this Ultra Festival going on,” he said. “I could hear the bass, and strobe lights were shining in my hotel, so it’s hard to sleep.”
World No. 3, the second seed for Miami, Andy Murray had few problems with Bernard Tomic, dominating the Australian 6-3, 6-1.
“Once I got ahead, I mean, I was just trying to make a lot of balls at the start,“ said the Scot. “You’re never going to feel great your first match, especially when it’s tricky conditions and with his game style, too. He mixes the play up a lot. It’s tough.
“I just tried to make loads of balls. I don’t know if he was tired or struggling with the humidity, but he was playing pretty low‑percentage tennis. With the conditions like they were today, that played into my hands.”
Murray commented on the crowd booing Tomic for what they perceived as a lack of effort.
“I don’t know. I mean, I obviously just try to concentrate on my side of the court.
“The one thing I would say is that if you aren’t used to playing in these conditions, it is extremely hot and tough to play. You know, it is tough when you’re going behind and making quite a lot of mistakes.
“I have done it before when my head has gone down and you still want to win, but it doesn’t always appear that way.
“So I don’t know. The crowd, they’re free to do whatever they want. They pay the money and they can greet players however they would like.”
In women’s play, defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, needed nearly 2½ hours to stop Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3. No. 5 Li Na topped No. 25 Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-4.
Seventh seed Petra Kvitova and ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki became major WTA casualties on Saturday. Kvitova fell to Kirsten Flipkens while Wozniacki was dominated by world No. 73 wild card Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-4.