Querrey, Youzhny, Montanes Win ATP Titles
by Staff | May 9th, 2010, 11:39 pm

Serbia Open 2010
Belgrade, Serbia
Surface: clay

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.

BMW Open
Munich, Germany
Surface: clay

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.”

Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal 
Surface: clay
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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4 Comments for Querrey, Youzhny, Montanes Win ATP Titles

Huh Says:

Congrats to all tgese guys, especially to the Fed-beater Montanes, for winnin the ATP title.

Von Says:

Congrats to all the winners, but especially to Sam Querrey since clay is not his beloved surface.

jane Says:

Congrats to the weekend’s winners. That’s a nice break for Sam, to be the first American to win a clay event in Europe in over 7 years. Shows he can play on the dirt. In his speech, Isner said Belgrade is his and Sam’s favourite Eurpoean city. Of course, he might’ve been saying that out of politeness, but it seemed sincere when he said it. I got a sense that the two of them enjoyed their time during Davis Cup, and they both played exceptionally well then too. So I wasn’t surprised to see them do so well again at this tournament. Isner had a pretty tough draw, with both Gasquet and Wawrinka, but he fought his way through. And Sam beat Andreev, who can be tough on clay. It was also great to see SAFIN at the trophy presentation/ceremony! He’s looking well, as usual. ; )

Kimmi Says:

Sam and Isner are soo close in the ranking rightat the moment, and have been so for a while now. Cool..they seem to be best friends too, making a great rivarly between the two. hahaha!!

Sam won their match in memphis and this one in belgrade. Isner won their match in Miami I think…

Isner needs to catch up though, sam has won big matches so far..C’MON Isner, you are left behind here :)

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