Sam Querrey is Aiming to Upset the Odds at the US Open
Until recently, Sam Querrey’s US Open record had been rotten. The 17th seed had never reached the latter stages of his home tournament but 2017 is proving a breakthrough year for the California-born player. Querrey became the first American to reach the quarter-final stage of the men’s draw after he beat Mischa Zverev on September 3 since John Isner in 2011.
The American served superbly against the world number 23 to win in straight sets and faces a winnable-looking tie against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. He served just eight unforced errors and admitted he was ‘in the zone’ throughout the entire contest.
Reaching the final of the Grand Slam looks entirely possible for the 29-year-old, who was pitched in the opposite side of the draw to tournament favorites Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. His recent performances have seen Bet365 price Querrey up as third-favorite for the title and he will face either Diego Schwartzman or Pablo Carreno Busta should he overcome Anderson.
Spaniard Carreno Busta ended the run of Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16 with a straight-sets victory but needed three tie-breaks to squeeze past the Ontario-born 18-year-old. He is fifth-favorite in the betting as a result of that success.
Swiss veteran Roger Federer is likely to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, with the possibility of setting up a meeting with Rafa Nadal in the following round. With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray not participating in the event at Flushing Meadows, a matchup between the two tournament favorites could light up the New York tournament on September 8.
Querrey has no reason to fear any player left in the draw and his current form has given the home crowd plenty of cheer over the past ten days. He has put his poor record at the event behind him and the Californian could upset the odds and go all the way.