There’s a certain World Cup football match coming up this afternoon, but if tennis is any barometer perhaps the USA will pull the upset and beat England. The karma is there are two Americans, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey, reached the Queen’s Club final in London today.
Despite a loaded field that featured Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick, it’s Querrey and Fish who have emerged as the best on the turf in England this week.
In the semifinals, Querrey needed three sets to dispatch former Wimbledon semifinalist Rainer Schuettler 6-7(9), 7-5, 6-3. Fish, who upset Murray yesterday, had an easier time taking out Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4. Lopez beat Nadal Friday.
The all-American final is the second on European soil in as many months after an improbable Querrey-John Isner title match on the Serbian clay in May.
“I thought it was a pretty consistent [performance],” said Querrey who won the Serbian title in addition to Memphis this year. “Couple little slip ups or opportunities I had late in the first set there, but I thought I served unbelievable the whole match. I thought I did a good job getting through it.”
Said Fish, “I said all week this is one of my favourite tournaments to play well. I desperately wanted to play well here. To play well here certainly feels good. He (Lopez) certainly has got a great serve. You can definitely go through a match without breaking him. I have sort of felt like I had a pretty good game plan against him the last three times we played. I was actually as clean as I can get probably out there today.”
Querrey beat Fish in their only ATP meeting 7-5, 6-4 in Los Angeles three years ago.
“We are very good friends,” said Fish. “We live close to each other in the States and we share the same coach (David Nainkin), so it will be fun. I practice with Sam all the time almost when we’re home. When we’re all home together, it’s almost every day. It shouldn’t be a fairly new match-up for us. I haven’t won a grass court event, either. I’ve played a few more finals than he has. Hopefully I can get him this time. He will have plenty of chances.”
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