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Sam Querrey breaks racket in quick loss to Tomas Berdych at Sony Open

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That’ll happen when you lose a set in just 22 minutes, as Sam Querrey did in his 6-1, 6-1 loss to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the Sony Open.

“Just one of those awful days,” Querrey said. “The more you miss the harder it gets to get the ball in. It just kept getting worse.”

Playing his first tournament as the No. 1 American, Querrey received a third-round walkover when Milos Raonic withdrew with illness and was then swept off the court by Berdych in just 51 minutes. His first-serve accuracy was below 40 percent for the match and he hit 18 unforced errors off his forehand wing alone. So no serve and no forehand? That essentially amounts to a weaponless Querrey, and Berdych, who was coming off back-to-back tough three-setters, took full advantage.

“I want to just put it behind me as quick as I can,” Querrey said. “I have a big week next week. We have Davis Cup, and so I want to be going into that feeling good.”

  • Published On Mar 26, 2013
  • Sam Querrey displaces John Isner as the new American No. 1

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    With his victory over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday, Sam Querrey ascended to the top ranking among American men. (Matthew Stockman/AP)

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Is Sam Querrey ready to take on the mantle of the No. 1 American? With John Isner and Mardy Fish’s early exits from the BNP Paribas Open, the laid-back Californian became the 13th American No. 1 since the introduction of the computer rankings, taking over the top spot from Isner.

    “It’s a great feeling,” Querrey said after a hard-fought 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win over Marinko Matosevic in the third round. The win earns him a match against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday night. In a notable twist, Querrey is the last man to beat Djokovic, getting the better of the Serb 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 at the Paris Masters last fall.

    “Mentally it doesn’t feel like a huge change,” he said. “I feel like I have worked hard to earn it. Everyone seems like they’ve got their shot with Andy and Mardy and James and John, and so I feel like it’s my turn now. But, you know, those guys are right on my heels and we will keep pushing each other. I know they want it, too. Hopefully we will just keep pushing each other and we can all keep moving up the rankings.”

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2013