Querrey Completes Mexican Double With Los Cabos Title
American defeats Kokkinakis in Saturday final
Mexico has continued to treat Sam Querrey well in 2017. The American defeated Rafael Nadal this March to take the title in Acapulco, and the second seed has now prevailed at Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex in Los Cabos by winning Saturday’s final over wild card and #NextGenATP Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
“It’s really exciting to win here. I felt like I played really well. This tournament only keeps getting better, so I’m already excited to come back next year,” said Querrey. “I think the last couple of months have been the best I’ve played and if I can keep this going the rest of the year, it’ll be my best year on tour yet.”
Querrey picks up his 10th ATP World Tour singles title and second of 2017, marking just the second time in his career (2010) that he’s won more than one title in a season. His victory will also put him back inside the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since July 2013.
Despite the loss, Kokkinakis can take heart in achieving the best result of his career. The 21 year old had never reached an ATP World Tour quarter-final prior to this week. He is the lowest-ranked finalist (No. 454) since then-World No. 966 Raemon Sluiter at the 2009 Ricoh Open.
“I’m obviously disappointed at the moment. I definitely thought I could have done better, but I have to look at the positives in that this is my best week on tour. Hopefully this is just a small step,” said Kokkinakis. “The good news is that I have a lot of things to work on and I’m still having tight matches with some of the best players in the world.”
The 21 year old was sidelined from singles competition for 18 months with a laundry list of injuries, but returned to singles action this past May. In just his fourth tournament back, he defeated Milos Raonic at the Aegon Championships. Kokkinakis has only played seven tournaments this season, but will jump to around No. 225 when the newest standings are released on Monday.
Querrey picks up 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and a cheque for $113,640, while Kokkinakis leaves Los Cabos with 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points and a cheque for $59,850.
The second seed needed just 17 minutes to race to a 4-1 lead in the opening set and went on to grab the early advantage, but Kokkinakis regrouped by scoring the lone break of the second set a 2-1 and eventually forcing a decider. It appeared that the Aussie was on his way to his first ATP World Tour singles title, but Querrey regrouped by breaking Kokkinakis for 2-0 in the final set and once more in the last game to prevail in one hour and 46 minutes.