Querrey Reflects On Davis Cup Defeat vs Australia
By Jayita A Belcourt
At the Davis Cup quarter-finals clash between USA and Australia last weekend in Brisbane (Australia), world no.25 Sam Querrey found himself in precarious grounds. Trailing 1-2 going into the reverse singles on Day 3, Querrey knew the significance of this clash. Secure a victory and keep USA’s hopes alive or shatter his countries Davis Cup title dream for 2017. Unfortunately for the bubbly American, a very inform and focused Nick Kyrgios stood in his tracks. Beaming with confidence and striking the ball with phenomenal precision and grace, the young Aussie’s display was so impressive tennis great and USA captain Jim Courier later labelled him as a “top 5 player”. For Querrey, who had recently outclassed his 21 year old opponent at the Mexican Open (Acapulco) semi-finals just weeks earlier, it was a disappointing exit, going down 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4 after leading 3-0 in the opening set and 4-1 in the third. No stranger to adversity, Querrey spoke candidly about the loss, describing what it’s like working with team captain Jim Courier and USA’s Davis Cup hopes for the future.
Obviously not the results USA would have liked, take us through your thoughts of the match?
Sam Querrey: I mean Nick is playing well right now. Coming off a quarter final in Indian Wells, a semi-final in Miami – these two weeks he was confident and any time he’s confident he’s a much more dangerous player. You know when he’s loose and swinging away, he’s one of the best in the world. Look, I was up a break two of the sets, but he came out big and ended up winning both of them. I had my chances, John had his chances against him on Friday but Nick was just too good frankly. He did all the right things, made all the big shots. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong and I don’t think John [Isner] feels that way either.
What was it like playing Nick in front of his hometown crowd, was it hard going up against that?
Sam Querrey: It wasn’t hard necessarily but I think he feeds off it. You know I feel he likes the lively atmosphere whether it’s a home tie or he’s playing on the world tour, I think he definitely likes that kind of atmosphere.
Talk about Jim Courier as the USA team captain. What’s it like?
Sam Querrey: It’s great. He’s been the team captain for like 5 or 6 years and it’s always fun. He’s a great captain – he’s got a great insight into the game. We all enjoy having him on the bench, so we’re going to keep plugging away and hopefully make a run one of these years and hopefully we can win a [Davis Cup] title.
Tell us your thoughts about the whole experience of playing Davis Cup in Brisbane (Australia)?
Sam Querrey: It’s great. I’ve played this tournament [Brisbane International] here four or five times and I know the other guys have all played at least once. It’s a great venue and any time where the venue is sold out makes it fun. The Aussie’s are a tough team and they’re going to be a real threat to win the Davis Cup this year.
Sounds like you guys will be walking away with your heads high, facing such tough opponents?
Sam Querrey: Definitely yeah!