CITI OPEN 2012
Querrey Extends Winning Streak; Fish Reaches QFs
Washington D.C., U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
In-form American Sam Querrey defeated German Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday in Washington, D.C., to reach the quarter-finals at the Citi Open. The No. 8 seed won all 24 of his first serve points and broke Becker three times from 11 opportunities.
Querrey, 24, picked up his 20th match win of the season. He captured his hometown title on Sunday in Los Angeles (d. Berankis), and afterwards moved up 19 spots to No. 38 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
“I feel really good. I’ve won six matches in a row, so anytime you can do that, you’re feeling good,” said Querrey. “Anytime you win a tournament, you’re feeling good, and I played great last week and so far it’s continued over to this week.”
He will look to extend his winning streak to seven matches when he next faces third-seeded South African and doubles partner Kevin Anderson, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over French qualifier Florent Serra. Querrey leads 5-3 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but Anderson has claimed their two most recent meetings.
Top-seeded American Mardy Fish joined his countryman in the quarter-finals, as he dismissed Los Angeles finalist Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-1 in one hour. Fish capitalised on four of his five break point chances and saved the two faced on serve.
World No. 15 Fish is through to his first quarter-final since March at the Sony Open Tennis (l. to Monaco). He was sidelined for a few months, undergoing an operation to rectify an irregular heartbeat in May, and returned at Wimbledon, where he reached the fourth round (l. to Tsonga).
Fish will play Xavier Malisse for a place in the semi-finals after the Belgian defeated French No. 6 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-2 in 61 minutes. The 32-year-old Malisse also reached the quarter-finals last week in Los Angeles (l. to Querrey).