It hasn't been the start to 2012 that former top-20 player Sam Querrey wanted, but he thinks this one victory might get him rolling. I have to agree.
The victory he is talking about is a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win on Tuesday over Alejandro Falla of Colombia at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. Querrey said post match that he is 100% physically and mentally at this point and is encouraged by his play today.
Querrey is coming back from a freak injury and hasn't gained the traction he's wanted after being out almost six months in 2011. He was in trouble again on Tuesday against a pesky opponent in Falla after he dropped the first set quickly.
"I got pretty down on myself, I was up 40-love in that game and got broke, but I stuck with it and bounced back," stated Querrey. "I was able to pick my game up in the second set."
The American credits his serve and forehand for bailing him out. "It's my strength, but I need to work on (both shots) more and more," explained Querrey. "I've been out everyday, working on my serve and forehand, those are the main two shots I'm working on."
Querrey now advances and will play the winner of the Robby Ginepri and Kevin Anderson match which will be played on Wednesday.
Querrey will be back in action on Wednesday, but it will be in doubles where he teams with fellow American John Isner. Querrey is a firm believer that playing doubles leads to success in singles and he said that he will partner with Isner at upcoming tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Houston.
A new coaching arrangement is also something Querrey is trying out this week. While Querrey won't give Brad Gilbert the title of "coach" as of yet, he's been working with him since the San Jose event and according to Querrey, things are going well.
"When the ball is in my strike zone on my forehand, he has told me to hit it, go after it and don't hold back," admitted Querrey. "He has also told me to trust my shots and just hit them and go after it."
The way Querrey played in the second and third sets on Tuesday demonstrates he once again has the confidence to win close matches and make a move back up the ATP rankings. He's not close, he's now 100%.
Rick Limpert covers sports, technology and events. He's at the 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and you can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.
- Sam Querrey