Querrey: 'Hopefully, I Can Do More Of It'
American aiming to capitalise on grass-court run
“Before I go for major titles, I need to take some baby steps before that,” said Querrey. “I do feel I can. I feel that if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys.”
The American is now looking for prolonged consistency having beaten the defending Wimbledon champions over the past two years – Novak Djokovic in the 2016 third round and Andy Murray in this year’s quarter-finals. He also beat Rafael Nadal in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final in March.
“To have those three moments, where I really feel like I played well and beat a lot of good players, hopefully there's more moments like that to come,” said Querrey. “I feel like I've really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come as I get a little bit older.
“I really just [need to] commit to the style of play and be a little more aggressive. I think in the past maybe I haven't done that. I seem to commit to that a little better here on the grass. I think if I just do that at the other Slams, I think it will be a little bit better.”
The 29-year-old Querrey insisted that it wasn’t the fatigue of three consecutive five-set wins that played a factor in his loss to Cilic in his first Grand Slam championship semi-final.
“I was actually more nervous against Andy in the quarter-finals. Today I felt pretty good. The first set we traded holds early. That really settled me… I didn't really have any questions about myself going in. I knew I was a good tennis player. I felt like I had this in me. To do this has been fun. Hopefully I can do more of it.”
With the help of his coach Craig Boynton, the World No. 28 will also be hoping to move closer to his career-high of No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (31 January 2011) over the course of the hard-court U.S. summer circuit.