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  • Querrey meets Stepanek, Raonic faces Rochus

    2/24/12 6:12 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Querrey meets Stepanek, Raonic faces Rochus Radek Stepanek and Sam Querrey will square off during quarterfinal action in Memphis on Friday. Milos Raonic and Olivier Rochus are also looking for a spot in the semifinals.

    (3) Radek Stepanek vs. (WC) Sam Querrey

    The 2009 runner-up and the 2010 champion will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers when they clash in the quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Friday afternoon. Querrey, who triumphed in Memphis two years ago, has won both of their previous encounters. He prevailed twice in 2009; once on hard courts, once on clay, and both times without losing a set. The 6'6'' American is looking to return to that form following an elbow injury, and so far this week he has taken out Alejandro Falla and Kevin Anderson.

    Stepanek is still going strong at 33 years old. The veteran Czech, who lost to Andy Roddick in the Memphis final three years ago, registers at 28th in the world. He booked his quarterfinal spot by dismissing Bobby Reynolds with ease before outlasting Ryan Sweeting in a third-set tiebreaker on Thursday. Querrey has a chance to continue his run if he serves well, but Stepanek has greater match toughness and should get the job done in three sets.

    Olivier Rochus vs. (4) Milos Raonic

    Raonic will look to maintain his hot streak when he takes the court for quarterfinal action on Friday night. The 35th-ranked Canadian is already an incredible 13-1 for his 2012 campaign. He triumphed in Chennai, won a second straight San Jose title last week, and so far in Memphis has dismissed both Ernests Gulbis and Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets.

    Up next for Roanic is a first-ever meeting with Rochus. Ten years older than his opponent at 31, Rochus is back in business after reaching the Auckland final last month. The 5'6'' Belgian booked his spot in the quarterfinals thanks to victories over Alex Bogomolov (in a third-set tiebreaker) and Ryan Harrison. This is not a good matchup for Rochus, who will have too much pressure on him to hold serve every time. Raonic in straight sets is the pick.

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Rochus hits the ball a ton for his size and he never seems to tire on defense.Raonic will need to be careful with this pesky player.

stratocast51 , 2/24/12 6:21 PM


shouldn't be close

tho there were some great points in Rochus vs. Harrison

RickyDimon , 2/24/12 6:57 PM


That was some top drawer tennis wasn't it? How about the overhead Harrison had to run down midway through one long rally that Rochus finally won when trying to serve it out. I gained a lot more respect when Harrison, after losing the point while trying to break to stay in the match, managed to smile and acknowledged Rochus' play. Well done. Takes a special player to do that.

Conspirator , 2/24/12 7:07 PM


...meant to say "I gained even more respect FOR Harrison when Harrison..."

Conspirator , 2/24/12 7:09 PM



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