Sam Querrey successfully defended his 2009 Farmers Classic championship by upsetting the top seed, Andy Murray, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in a 2 hour 22 minute thriller. The win halted Murray’s four match win streak against Querrey and marked the first time the victor has won set against the Scotsman.
Murray was a late entrant in the event. He had originally intended to practice with friends in Miami but agreed to sign on when Novak Djokovic was forced to withdraw. Murray played well, but did not seem in strong competitive form.
This match had a bit of everything. There were long rallies, hard hitting ground exchanges and numerous drop shots as the players tried to change momentum at every turn.
The win is Querrey’s fourth in five finals this season, reversing last year’s 1-4 slate. Querrey faced one match point in the finals just as he did against Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals.
Querrey looks ready for the grueling five week hard court season leading up to the U.S. Open. For Murray it is back to the drawing board. The world’s fourth ranked player has been unable to win an event this season.
The difference in the match was Querrey’s calm demeanor throughout the contest. He reacted to good and bad shots equally. In the particularly sharp third set, his booming forehand was even more of a weapon than his strong serve.
The 22-year old will lead a host of strong Americans through the hard court season as Isner, Fish and Roddick are all playing well.
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