Big Sam Ousts Stan, Saves Seven Set Points In First Set
Querrey now prepares to face Cilic
Querrey, the 2010 titlist at The Queen’s Club, struck 25 aces in a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1 win over Wawrinka, who is growing in confidence in his rehabilitation from two left knee surgeries last year, in one hour and 56 minutes.
In a dramatic 10th game of the first set, which included six aces and two double faults, fifth seed Querrey fended off seven set points. He then won eight of 10 points in the next two games to clinch the 48-minute opener.
Wawrinka regrouped in the second round, but was denied another set point opportunity at 6-5, with Querrey serving at 30/40. In the tie-break, Wawrinka won four of the first five points, but it was one-way traffic in the decider with Querrey losing four of his service points.
“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I'm moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances in the first set and I didn't make it. He was playing really well. He's a tough player to play on the grass.
“It was a tough match, but I think in general this is a positive loss for me. For sure, I'm sad and frustrated because I need to win matches.”
Querrey, now 13-11 on the season that includes a run to the New York Open final (l. to Anderson) in February, beat Wawrinka for the first time since October 2013 at the China Open. Wawrinka now leads 5-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.