Newly minted Davis Cup teammates Sam Querrey and John Isner will battle for the Memphis title later today in what has to be one of the tallest tennis finals ever played on American soil.
The 6-foot-9 Isner beat Philip Petzchner in three sets yesterday while the 6-foot-6 Querrey beat Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.
Seems strange how just when Andy Roddick and James Blake opt out of Davis Cup, Querrey and Isner catch fire just in time. But it’s always been the American way, hasn’t it? Just when you think the U.S. is down new stars bubble up in the nick of time – see Melanie Oudin.
“It’s awesome,” Querrey said. “It’s kind of a little confidence booster for us going into the week after next. I think Patrick’s excited, too. He picked us and we’re doing well.”
Querrey and Isner will lead the U.S. against Serbia in Davis Cup in two weekends.
As for the match, the two big men have never played. Isner is 12-1 on the year and playing the better tennis of the two. Querrey has more experience in the bigger matches. So this is a close one. I think though that Isner the hotter guy and if I had to pick I’d pick him.
“It’s huge,” said Isner. “It’ll be my second final already this year in my third tournament…Hopefully I can come out tomorrow and get it done no matter who I’m playing. Either way, I know I’ve done really well but I’m not satisfied, that’s for sure.”
After the match the two will team in the doubles final against Rosco Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.
In two other all-countryman finals today Frenchman Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau are in the Marseille final. In South American, Spaniards David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero have reached the Buenos Aires title match.
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