Querrey adds new name to Queen's winners
Jun 13 2010 By Yann Tear
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American lands Aegon title with win over pal Fish
SAM QUERREY won an all-USA final to become the least heralded Queen's Club champion since Australian Scott Draper got the better of Laurence Tieleman in 1998.
This year's Aegon Championships seemed determined to wrest a little of the attention away from events in South Africa with a chain of jaw-dropping results.
But the big-serving Californian won the right to be the last man standing after getting the better of his pal Mardy Fish 7-6, 7-5 in an hour and 23 minutes.
“It's an honour,” said after his first grass court success. “All the greatest players in the world are on this trophy. It's nice to be added to that list with them.”
Querrey was slow out of the blocks against his older opponent, who shares the same coach.
He needed to haul back three break points in his first service game with some thunderous serves, but ended up taking the set with an easy tie-break.
When he served four aces at the start of the second set, Fish's hopes of getting back into the match looked forlorn. But the 28-year-old eventually broke for a 3-2 lead.
That might have been the cue for a third set, but Querrey – who had not broken serve all afternoon – took advantage of one he was gifted by Fish's wayward play when serving for the set. Fish, visibly deflated by missing his chance with unforced errors, folded to love in his next service game and that was that.
Not one of the top four seeds made it to the semi-finals at Queen's this year, with four-times winner Andy Roddick and 2008 runner-up Novak Djokovic falling by the wayside by Thursday and Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal joining them a day later.
The exit of 2009 champion Murray was perhaps the least surprising of the four eliminations. The Scot's wobbly form in recent months and his stressed reaction to bad light stopping play when he was gathering momentum against Fish hinted at a man not quite at ease.
But the exit of Nadal at the hands of fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez felt seismic. It was the French Open champion's first defeat in 24 matches. At least he reached the quarter-finals, which was a stage further than his fellow top four seeds.
You would have got enticingly long odds of a Saturday line-up of Querrey v Rainer Schuettler and Fish v Lopez. In seeding terms, none was higher than Querrey in seventh, with two of the quartet, including Fish, actually unseeded.
Not one of the players had ventured so far at Queen's before. One of them was to venture even further into the unknown territory.