American Sam Querrey showed he is a man for all surfaces on Sunday, beating unseeded countryman Mardy Fish 7-6(3), 7-5 for the AEGON Championships title in London at Queen’s Club.
Querrey infamously flopped out early at the French Open, giving a half-hearted effort against Robby Ginepri, but appeared to have mentally bounced back in two tight sets against the aggressive Fish. It was Querrey’s third title of the year, and first-ever on grasscourts. It was also the first all-American final in Queen’s since 1994 when Todd Martin beat Pete Sampras.
“All the greatest players in the world are on this trophy,” Querrey said. “It’s nice to be added to that list with them…The conditions were pretty tough out there, the windiest day of the week so far. I just tried to stay level-headed and keep my composure, and fortunately I got through it.”
The multi-faceted Querrey is the first player in 2010 to win titles on three different surfaces.
Fish served for the second set at 5-4, but after losing a nervous, error-filled game, the American wasn’t able to put another game on the board. Querrey cast 15 aces to Fish during the match, including four in a row on a service game in the second set.
Querrey is targeting a deep, or maybe a semi-deep run at Wimbledon with his newfound grasscourt confidence.
“I’d love to win Wimbledon,” Querrey said. “I’m kind of going with baby steps here and try and make the third round this year, because the second round is the best I’ve ever done there. It’s possible, but I think I’ve still got some work to do, and there are still some great competitors out there you have to beat to win a Wimbledon title.”
Fish fell to 3-11 in career finals, and 0-3 in grasscourt finals.
“Maybe nerves got to me, or the moment,” Fish said of coming up short. “I mean, I just wanted to play well at this tournament ever since I’ve been coming here, and if you want something so badly, sometimes it’s not a good thing.”
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