American Sam Querrey moves into U.S. Open quarterfinals for first time

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Sam Querrey’s status as the last American remaining in the U.S. Open men’s draw is extended for another round now that he’s moved into his first career quarterfinal at this Grand Slam.

The 17th seed, Querrey trounced the 23rd-seeded Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 77 minutes.  The match is the fasted completed men’s match of the tournament thus far. The statistics for Querrey in the outing were incredible as he tossed up 55 winners and only eight unforced errors.

“I thought I played really well,” Querrey said in an on-court interview. “I really couldn’t do much better out there. I was kind of playing in the zone. It’s my first time playing out there at night (this year) and I wanted to make the most of it.

“I felt comfortable three minutes into the match and I felt that was the key,” he added, smiling.

The victory over Zverev anoints the 21st-ranked Querrey as the highest ranked American in the game at the moment. He can move up the rankings to as high as No. 15 when the new rankings come out on Monday, Sept. 11.

Querrey is the first American man to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since John Isner and Andy Roddick in 2011. Querrey’s best previous results at the Open were fourth round appearances in 2008 and 2010.

The Southern Californian is the only player in the bottom half of the draw to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, which he achieved at this year’s Wimbledon. Remarkably, it took Querrey until his 42nd Grand Slam appearance to become a semifinalist in what is the longest wait of any player to reach the final four at a major in the Open Era.

The last American man before Querrey to secure a semifinal berth at a Grand Slam was Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, ended his career at the 2012 U.S. Open and was just inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last month.

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