07 Sep 2017 - 1:14
Querrey satisfied despite narrow quarter-final loss
American Sam Querrey put on a brave face after his US Open title dream was ended by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in a quarter-final which finished just before 2 a.m. yesterday.
Anderson fired 66 winners, including 22 aces to win 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 6-3, 7-6(7) and deny Querrey a place in back-to-back grand slam semi-finals, claiming a place in the last four of a slam for the first time himself.
“(I’m) pretty happy,” Querrey said. “At the beginning of the week, if you said I would have made quarters, I probably would have signed up for that.
“I know that bottom half of the draw was open, but you can’t say 63 guys blew an opportunity. Only one guy can go through, and Kevin’s pretty tough.”
Querrey led the first-set tiebreak 5-2 only to lose it and even after winning a dramatic second-set tiebreak, always seemed second best as Anderson went for broke.
“He’s tough to play against,” Querrey said. “He’s so overly aggressive. A lot of his balls were landing (just) in. It’s just tough. Just a couple points here and there. I thought he played really well in the big points.”
“Even though I won that set, he...just had three great service games, boom, boom, boom, and it kind of takes away your momentum a little bit,” he said.