Querrey satisfied despite narrow quarter-final loss
Sep 07 2017
Kevin Anderson ended the determined run of American Sam Querrey to reach a second straight US Open semi-final, as the South African prevailed in a tight quarter-final clash which finished just before 2am in NY yesterday.
The South African is the first man from his country to reach the U.S. Open semifinal since Johan Kriek in 1980.
Anderson got a decisive break in the sixth game of the third set as Querrey struggled with his first serve and the South African held twice, finishing it off with a forehand victor down the line to lead two sets to one.
Anderson, a top-10 player before injuries impacted his career past year, now faces Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
"At the beginning of the week, if you said I would have made quarters, I probably would have signed up for that".
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, faces two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova later for a berth in Thursday's women's semi-finals.
Carreno Busta recorded 30 winners to go with 30 unforced errors in the one-hour, 59-minute match.
Querrey appeared in control of the tie-break at 5-2 ahead, only for Anderson to reel off five consecutive points - the American sending a backhand return long on set point.
'Of course if you speak with some Spanish people about tennis, everybody knows Rafa, ' said the 26-year-old. "You know, it just happened really quick, I guess. I thought he played really well in the big points".
He fought back from a 6-1 deficit in the second tie-breaker to move within a point of winning it at 8-7, before eventually succumbing to Querrey's eighth set point.
"It's a fantastic feeling, but at the same time I feel like I want to keep [going]". "He's so overly aggressive".
The last American hope in the men's draw at the U.S. Open was ousted after Tuesday night became Wednesday morning with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the major drought for male American singles players now certain to bleed into 2018. These matches, it just comes to a point here and there. "A lot of his balls were landing in. Fortunately, I was able to win a couple more points than him tonight". These matches, it just comes to a point here and there.