Querrey Losing Streak Hits Six in San Jose, Del Potro Wins; Murray Returns in Rotterdam

by Sean Randall | February 9th, 2011, 9:37 am

At a career-high ranking of No. 17, one would think life is good for Sam Querrey. However, closer inspection reveals the 23-year-old is mired in one of his worst career slumps. ADHEREL

Last night, Querrey, seeded No. 3 in his home state San Jose event where he was a semifinalist a year ago, was upset by Lukas Lacko 7-6(6), 6-3. The loss keeps him winless in 2011 at 0-3 and lifts his current losing streak to six matches. In fact, since that five set loss to Stan Wawrinka in the US Open fourth round, Querrey has just ONE match win – a first round triumph over Michael Berrer in Shanghai (he’s 1-8 in his last 9 matches).

“I just have to stick with it and a win will come and then hopefully more,” a hopeful Querrey, who nearly walked from his press conference, told the AP.

While Querrey flounders, things are looking up for Juan Martin Del Potro. The Argentine picked up his third win in his comeback bid thumping Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2. DelPo, ranked this week at No. 484(!!), now plays Lacko in the second round tomorrow.

Also in San Jose, youngsters Milos Raonic, Richard Berankis, Kei Nishikori and Donald Young all earned nice wins Tuesday. Roanic’s 20-ace effort against Mallise sets him up against the returning James Blake this afternoon while Young and Berankis go head-to-head.

“It’s nice playing these guys you used to watch,” blogged Raonic. “I think I’ll have an advantage – I’ll know him more than he’ll know me! So I’ll use that as much as I can. I know he’ll go for his shots. I’ll just take care of my serve and hopefully I’ll get a few chances on the return. I look forward to it.”

Other headliners today in San Jose include top two seeds Fernando Verdasco (v. Ram) and Gael Monfils (v. Klahn).

Across the pond in Rotterdam, Andy Murray makes his return Wednesday against Marcos Baghdatis. After the Novak Djokovic defeat Murray hinted that he might take some extra time off to shake the taste of that Australian Open final. But credit to Murray who sounds like he’ll try to play through it. The match against Marcos will certainly give an indication as to where’s Murray’s head is at.

Meanwhile, a few of his Top 10 rivals Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and JW Tsonga appear to be in fine form after coasting in straight set first round wins yesterday.

Tsonga, who beat Grigor Dmitrov 6-4, 6-4 yesterday, plays today against Michael Llodra. Marin Cilic is also on the schedule against Jurgen Melzer. [EDIT: Tsonga just won in three sets over Llodra]


CENTER COURT start 9:45 am
R Sweeting (USA) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
R Berankis (LTU) vs D Young (USA)
R Kendrick (USA) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS)
Not Before 1:30 PM
J Del Potro (ARG) / S Querrey (USA) vs C Kas (GER) / A Peya (AUT)
J Blake (USA) vs M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] R Ram (USA)
[WC] B Klahn (USA) vs [2] G Monfils (FRA)


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
M Granollers (ESP) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) vs M Llodra (FRA)
M Cilic (CRO) vs [5] J Melzer (AUT)
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / R Haase (NED) vs F Lopez (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 PM
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs V Troicki (SRB)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
F Mayer (GER) vs F Lopez (ESP)
[Q] B Paire (FRA) vs G Simon (FRA)

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24 Comments for Querrey Losing Streak Hits Six in San Jose, Del Potro Wins; Murray Returns in Rotterdam

contador Says:

arrrgh! missed the paire v simon match. wanted to watch paire. cant wake myself up that early.

:O cant believe paire won!

florian mayer done with hot streak? f-lo winner
tsonga on a roll again? but it took him 3 sets.
youzhny still in.

go marin!

Kimberly Says:

shocked cilic won v. metlzer. maybe the slump is ending.

delpo seems to be finding his range.

Sam querrey is failing to impress but the young guns seem to be finding their feet!

In Raonic v. blake i am going with raonic.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPo just moved up fifty spots with one match win.

contador Says:

watched some of it, Kimberly. cilic had help. melzer imploded.

delpo : )

raonic yes.

but right now. the doubles match in rotterdam is….well, it’s an attractive one tho i dont watch much doubles: F-lo with the hair looking very long and M-lo v haase and debakker…mm

contador Says:

great for delpo!

dAri Says:

bummers continue for Sam…
Anybody know the story on the frenchies match, paire/Simon? I was expecting a lot from Simon after Sydney title and that fed match at AO. Who is this paire?
I know I picked against him in the AO draw.

Hope delpo can line up two wins in a row tonight!
Some of the young ones are getting matched up with particulary old dudes. Raonic/malisse-Blake. Berankis/Becker. Berankis will have more of an age appropriate match with Young!

margot Says:

Only Andy could free gift a set away. Only a mad woman would be a fan :(
Watching some of ADjnr’s match. Must say he is good on clay, very quick and agile, in that respect alone reminds me of Hewitt, similar physique too, only taller, I guess. My word his serve is trixy, gave Andy no end of probs at AO.
conty re sod’s thighs lol! I’m not looking at them girl. Yes, Sod and Andy very close in points but so, interestingly enough are Nole and Fed…
Too much tennis to watch, wanted to have a look at Sweeting but alas gone now to another big server.
Must say Tsonga’s serve is looking good and he looks thinner too, good. I like his chances. Can’t stand the on court histrionics but when his game is on he’s gr8 to watch :)

dAri Says:

Ouch :/ andYM. That second set went down the drain in a hurry. 20 mins, tops.
I don’t have a lot to say. Hope Murray gets fixed.

margot Says:

jane: hate to be right about Andy, but was :( He clearly couldn’t care less about being there and it showed. Better if he’d pulled out. Deserves to be in the blooming trunk:(

margot Says:

dAri: really difficult to be a Murray fan sometimes.

margot Says:

jane: think u may be right after all, he may’ve received a late wild card with jamie. If anyone cares :(

dAri Says:

my comiserations. I didn’t see the match, but watched the scores. When I saw he got broken to lose the first set, I didn’t think he had much of a chance. I’m just a part-time/ #2 Murray fan, but its still disappointing.
I know there is always an excuse, but can we throw this one out and say he didn’t have any business at rotterdam anyway?

dAri Says:

Anybody watching the young/berankis match? Scores been toosy turvey the last set, berankis came back from 4-1 to 6-5 now…

jane Says:

Sad re: Murray – missed the match as am at work, but just snuck a peek at the scores. What happened margot? :( I wish he’d’ ve won. Maybe he didn’t pull out because of hoopla last time he pulled out somewhere, can’t remember. So he just went to play but with heart not in it? Maybe dubs will be good for him. He does seem to enjoy playing with Jamie. Still hoping he and Nole play dubs at IW.

jane Says:

“Must say Tsonga’s serve is looking good and he looks thinner too, good. I like his chances. Can’t stand the on court histrionics but when his game is on he’s gr8 to watch :)”

Agree about the thinner based on photo I saw at ATP site. But when did he lose the weight; he looked big and sluggish versus Dolly Mixture / Tigger tennis / Dolgo. Also agree re: on court moodiness can be balanced by lovely tennis where JoWill is concerned. Some of us folks are moody. No point slaying someone for it unless it wreck’s his/her game, I guess.

jane Says:

no apostrophe on wrecks – jeepers! Also, I meant Tsonga looked big and the AO when he was playing Dolgo, so he must’ve went on a diet right afterwards, because to me he looks slimmer since that match!

Kimmi Says:

muzza looks like he does not enjoy tennis!

stu Says:

Poor Andy :( but I’m not surprised. Was his attitude on court better than the AO final? He seems like such a sensible, perceptive guy off the court, don’t understand why he can’t keep it together on it!

Kimmi Says:

just checking the score, i see young berankis wins his R2 match. tough match against the home boy donald young. doing great!

have to check who else is playing tonight.

great win by tsonga and troicki. Simon, not so much!

I see kimmie clijsters wins her match too :)

contador Says:

have not been able to stream today. but sorry margot, Kimmi, jane abt muzza. thought he might get #4 back if he tried…??

berankis is the real deal : ) opposite of gulbis. not as flashy as grigor.

fun read on atp website abt “the dog,” dolgopolov. friends call him sascha…roddick said in an interview that he plays, “psychotic” tennis…think that’s a joke/compliment. other descriptions: “slash and burn or crash and burn.” no fear tennis.

back to work. will miss raonic-blake match. hoping some tennisx’ers get to watch! should be a good one.

just love that pogo serve. maybe i can stream a match tomorrw.

benoit paire: 21, as tall as soderling, glowing endorsement from llodra on paire fan site. and yet, guessing simon must have had an off day.

Kimmi Says:

yap, dont know what is happening to muzza. that was a poor loss. he is not a happy camper right now. Hope he does not go into another slump like last year.

waiting for blake vs milos. love blake but it is the young guns year. go milos!

milos should know that blake always go for broke, luckily he has a big serve. the second serve will be attacked for sure.

jane Says:

Wow, Blake starts poorly; Milos really hasn’t had to do much! And he is up 4-1.

jane Says:

Woot, Raonic wins in straights. Blake came around in the second set, but Milos won the tiebreaker.

Duro Says:

Milos Raonic… Canada and Montenegro bond – forever!

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