Some interesting happenings and rare tennis smack talk out of Houston where the alleged druggie Wayne Odesnik has defiantly marched his way into a semifinal grudge match against the popular Sam Querrey. And Sam’s having absolutely none of it.
“I refuse to lose to that guy,” Querrey told the Houston Chronicle in reference to playing Odesnik who was busted just a few weeks ago for transporting HGH into Australia. And that was before he knew Odesnik would in fact be his opponent.
After whipping Xavier Malisse, who had some drug issues of his own not long ago, Odesnik has now won all three matches in Houston this week without dropping a set to earn a spot opposite Sam.
When asked by the paper of Sam’s statement, the reserved Odesnik offered, “We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
And we shall, Wayne. And, honestly, we can’t wait.
Odesnik and Querrey meet in the semifinals at 3pm local time in Houston (4pm East I believe) and the match is scheduled to be televised live on the Tennis Channel.
So get your chores done early. That means the yard work, washing the car, walking the dog, cleaning the house, taking the kids to soccer, painting the guest room, doing your taxes or even watching Tiger Woods at the Masters because tennis’s very own (alleged) disgraced cheater will be front and center against someone who says he’ll take him down. Get the popcorn ready, it’s virtually Christmas in April.
Querrey, a three-set winner over Nicolas Massu, is into his first career clay court semifinal. Odesnik, one of the better clay courters from the U.S., was a finalist in Houston a year ago.
The two Americans have never played at the pro level, but Odesnik has won three straight wins in minor leagues (Challengers, Futures) over Querrey, all on hardcourt most recently in 2006.
But Sam’s a far better player now and even though Wayne excels on the clay, I admire Sam’s attitude and his mission.
In the earlier 1pm semifinal 2009 New Comer of the Year Horacio Zeballos, a winner over former champ Fernando Gonzalez, will face fellow Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela. The veteran Chela ended Lleyton Hewitt return bid and hopes of defending his 2009 title.
If Odesnik-Querrey doesn’t rock your boat there’s always the Monte Carlo draw which should be released in the late morning.
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