Querrey, Youzhny, Montanes Win ATP Titles
Serbia Open 2010
Sam Querrey fought off a match point to defeat John Isner 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the all-American final of the Serbian Open in Belgrade on Sunday. He is the first American since 2003 to win a European claycourt title.
“It would feel better if I didn’t have to beat my buddy out there and it was someone else,” Querrey said of his Davis Cup partner. “But it’s still exciting. He’s got the biggest serve in the game so it can be frustrating at times. But you just have to not let it bother you when you get aced and just walk to the other side to be ready for the next point. It’s a game of inches, as they say, and on match point he missed that forehand by a couple of inches.”
The last American to win a claycourt title on European soil was Andy Roddick at St. Poelten in 2003. Querrey also beat Isner in the Memphis final indoors in February.
No. 2 seed Mikhail Youzhny upset top-seeded Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a grinder in the final at the BMW Open in Munich, the sixth career title for the Russian who improved to 1-3 career in Munich finals. “At the beginning of the third set I think two or three of my games were going from deuce to advantage and back to deuce, so it was really tough,” said the 27-year-old Youzhny.
Cilic said the Russian was fitter in the end. “I think my fatigue made a slight difference in the end when I missed a couple of easy balls on my serve,” he said. “He served pretty good all through the match and didn’t miss too many easy balls, so it was really tough. But I was fighting very well and I’m pleased with that.”
Spaniard Al Montanes made good on his win earlier in the week over world No. 1 Roger Federer, topping Frederico Gil 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5 for the Estoril Open title. Montanes came back from a 0-3 deficit in the third to become the first man to win back-to-back Estoril titles in 14 years.
“It feels great to defend the title, my fourth career title,” Montanes said. “This is a special place for me and I’m happy to have won it again. I am definitely playing the best tennis of my career and if I keep playing like that I think I can break into the Top 20.”
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