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Querrey Faces Ginepri In All-American Final In Indianapolis
by Paul Macpherson|
Big-serving American Sam Querrey advanced to his second consecutive final – and third of the 2009 ATP World Tour season – by defeating Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-4 at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships Saturday.
Querrey, 21, who reached the Newport final in his last tournament appearance, had fallen in the Indianapolis semi-finals the past two years. Currently No. 37 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, Querrey would likely top his career-high mark of No. 33 should he go on to capture his second ATP World Tour title. The 6’6” Californian won his lone title in Las Vegas last year.
Querrey served 11 aces and dropped just six points on his first serve in his 73-minute win over Dancevic, who had reached the Indianapolis final in 2007. Querrey advanced to his third final of the year, having also finished runner-up in Auckland in the second week of the season. Querrey, who improved to a 27-17 record on the season, dropped serve twice against Dancevic.
“There was one side of the court where it was really hard to serve. I dropped serve at 5-3 in second set but knew he was going to serve from that side the next game," Querrey said. "I am very excited to reach the final at Indianapolis. I lost in the semis two times, so I was really hoping I could win today."
Sunday's Indianapolis final will be an all-American affair, with Querrey meeting Robby Ginepri, who took out 6' 9" countryman John Isner 6-4, 6-3. Ginepri blunted Isner’s powerful first serve with consistently strong returns, and saved all five break points he faced on his own serve while breaking Isner twice. Ginepri clipped 20 winners and made just seven unforced errors.
The American, ranked as high as No. 15 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in December 2005, entered the week ranked No. 95, having won just four of 17 matches this season.
"I had a lot of ups and downs in the past years. I am still trying to find the form from 2005, but reaching the final here is very encouraging," Ginepri said. "I still think I can play better than I have played this week I am still not as sharp as 2005 but I'm improving. I am serving really well and this is probably what got me to the final this week."
About playing Querrey in the final, Ginepri said: "Sam has improved a lot in the past years. We know each other well. It will be a fun match to play."
The most recent of Ginepri's two ATP World Tour titles came in Indianapolis in 2005, when he defeated Andy Roddick after saving three match points. The 26 year old won his first ATP World Tour title in Newport in 2003.
Ginepri did not play an ATP World Tour event between Memphis in mid February and the ARAG ATP World Tour Championships in mid May after being hospitalised for nine days in March with appendicitis, which saw him lose 30 pounds.