America’s Next Best Thing

Seems like the world is hearing same sets of names in reference to Men’s Tennis. If not Andy Roddick, it is James Blake who’s on board, right? But in the recent-concluded BNP Open Paribas at Indian Wells, we saw a number of Americans with great potentials.

There’s Dent and Isner but the critics’ vote go for Sam Querrey. At 21 and turned pro in 2006, Querrey is now a seed 47th in the world (as of March 23, 2009). His hardcourt wins, mostly in US, were fairly impressive. In the recent Indian Wells, he reached third round smashing the Swiss seed 16th, Stanilas Warwinka, during the first round (6-2) and a nearly win display on the second and third set, (5-7, 6-7).

If only a fiber of luck sided with Querrey during the deciding set, he can face the World Third Seed (Novak Djokovic) in the next round. Win or lose, Sam Querrey just needs to be with those top seeds in order to be fully recognized. In Wikipedia, his finals in Heineken Open in Auckland with Juan Martin del Potro is the only remarkable clash under his belt.

Peter Bodo of ESPN in his article The Rising Tide of Young American Players, I like the way he raises the flag for Sam Querrey.

“A career year by Roddick or Blake would certainly keep the water moving, but the key in this process — the player who has the most potential to create so much needed momentum — is Querrey. The lanky, laid-back Californian is the brightest prospect on the horizon for the U.S. But he’s struggling to make his mark,

“… He’s tasted the nectar, taking a sip here and there. He’s experienced, with a solid two-plus years on the tour. He’s both well-positioned and now under just enough pressure to make a strong move, if his game and heart are up to it.”

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