(July 25 2012)—Sam Querrey won his tenth consecutive match at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles on Wednesday, mowing down Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-2 in just over 53 minutes.
Querrey, California born and bred, captured back-to-back titles at his hometown event in 2009 (d. Ball) and 2010 (d. Murray). Last year, he was sidelined after undergoing elbow surgery last June.
The World No. 57 picked up right where he left off tonight, blasting his signature serves to the tune of nine aces, and not facing a break point the entire evening. Querrey, who owns six career titles and reached a career-high ranking of 17 last March, broke Sijsling twice in each set, taking the final four games of the match to advance to the quarterfinals, where he’ll await the winner of tomorrow’s showdown between Xavier Malisse and Matthew Ebden.
Fellow American Rajeev Ram also had his serving shoes on Wednesday. The 6'4" World No. 117 didn’t face a break point against Paul Capdeville of Chile en route to a breezy 6-3, 6-1 victory.
Ram, 28, will face third-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina for a spot in the semifinals on Friday.
Mayer was leading 6-0, 4-0 against Italian Flavio Cipolla before Cipolla retired with a neck injury.
Top-seeded Benoit Paire will face off against 34-year-old American Michael Russell in tomorrow’s evening session. Fourth-seeded Nicolas Mahut, fifth-seeded Xavier Malisse, and sixth-seeded Marinko Matosevic will all see second round action tomorrow afternoon.
Rosol and Bolelli Advance to Kitzbuhel Quarterfinals
Lukas Rosol reached his second ATP quarterfinal of the year with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Antonio Veic at the Bet-at-Home Cup. Rosol, who pulled the upset of the decade and maybe more when he upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, saved six of nine break points despite a 41 percent first-serve percentage on the day.
Rosol awaits the winner of the second-round match between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Attila Balazs tomorrow in the quarterfinals, which will also be played tomorrow.
In other action Simone Bolelli of Italy bounced second-seeded Florian Mayer from the draw with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory in one hour and forty minutes.
Fifth-seeded Martin Klizan won the only other singles match played on a rainy day in Kitzbuhel, 6-4, 6-4 over qualifier Pavol Cervenak.