Querrey Strong On Serve, Overcomes Stakhovsky
The 30-year-old American, who defeated Andy Murray to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the All England Club in 2017, won 54 of 60 first-serve points and saved both break points he faced to progress after one hour and 49 minutes. Querrey has now reached the third round at Wimbledon three consecutive years.
Querrey improves to 15-12 this season and stretches his FedEx ATP Head2Head series advantage over Stakhovsky to 4-1. Prior to Wimbledon, the 11th seed reached the Fever-Tree Championships quarter-finals (l. to Cilic).
Stakhovsky, who famously defeated Roger Federer in the second round in 2013, was bidding to equal his best Grand Slam result by reaching the third round. The Ukrainian entered the grass-court Grand Slam championship in fine form, having lifted the Ilkley ATP Challenger Tour title in June.
"[Gael] has a big serve, which is tough. His movement is obviously incredible. For a big guy, he backs up and beats you with movement and shot making," said Querrey. "Those are his best assets. He's a guy that can hit passing shots from 10 feet behind the baseline.
"He can win a lot of those cat-and-mouse points where you're running side to side. He's going to win some of those points on Friday, and I'll be ready for that. I'm just going to hopefully keep coming at him with big serves, big forehands, and big backhands."