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  • Querrey rescues United States to even Davis Cup tie

    4/6/13 4:48 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Querrey rescues United States to even Davis Cup tie Sam Querrey overcomes Viktor Troicki in five sets on Friday to level the Davis Cup tie between the United States and Serbia. One team will have an all-important 2-1 lead after Saturday's doubles rubber.

    Viktor Troicki was one set away from giving Serbia a virtually insurmountable lead in its Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against the United States, but Sam Querrey had other ideas.

    With his United States team already facing a 1-0 deficit against the Novak Djokovic-led Serbs, Querrey roared back to beat Troicki 7-6(1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second singles rubber on Friday evening in Boise, Idaho. The 6'6'' American fired 17 aces and broke serve five times to prevail in three hours and 20 minutes.

    This one was competitive right from the start, although Querrey had control of the first set most of the way. The crowd favorite seized a break for 3-1 and consolidated it en route to a 5-2 advantage, but he stumbled at 5-3. After failing to close out the opener, Querrey steadied himself in the ensuing tiebreaker by winning five consecutive points starting at 2-1.

    Troicki recovered in sets two and three, breaking for 4-2 in the second (after initially trailing by a break at 1-0) and for 3-2 in the third. The world No. 44 did not face a single break point in the middle set; in fact, he dropped a mere four points in five service games during the third frame.

    Querrey, however, had won a decisive fifth rubber against Brazil in the first round two months ago and he once again put his mental strength on display. The world No. 20 dominated the fourth set, earning two scalps of his opponent's serve while saving the only two break points he faced. Both players held throughout the decider until Troicki cracked with the pressure on at 4-4. After crushing multiple forehand returns for the crucial break, Querrey served out the match to love at 5-4.

    "Stayed positive," Querrey said when asked how he turned it around. "Kept hitting my serve; kept hitting the forehand. Eventually the match swung in favor. I knew if I just positive and stuck with my game I could come back."

    Team USA hopes to continue its momentum in Saturday's doubles rubber, for which Bob and Mike Bryan will take the court. The Bryan Brothers are set to go up against Nenad Zimonjic and either Djokovic or Illija Bozoljac.









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