It All Comes Down To Sam

Live fifth match, Sam Querrey has to hold off this little lion Thiago Alves, after Isner went down in flames to Bellucci.

Sam was up 2-love and then something happened, he lost his verve and Alves won the first set 6-4. Are you kidding me?

The Brazilian supporters in Jacksonville are far outperforming the American fans, in terms of passion and energy.

Right now, Alves, winner of two career ATP level matches, is looking like a mini Nadal. Sam is obviously feeling the pressure.

If Brazil closes this out, it could be the biggest shock in tennis history since a guy named Lukas Rosol annihilated Nadal last summer…


  • Scoop Malinowski · February 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Isner: “We’re in a dogfight now.”

    “He (Courier) was telling me all the right things. I was listening but I couldn’t get it done…This can be sort of a cruel sport when things don’t go their way.”

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Alves is getting so much energy from the BRazilian fans. Sam is not getting anything from a stoic Jacksonville crowd which is sparse. It looks like a symphony audience.

  • Dan Markowitz · February 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    How the hell did Isner lose to Bellucci? Isner’s really under-performing. If they lose this tie, Courier should resign and Scoop should be named captain. If not Scoop, at least Spadea.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Isner played well but not his very best. Bellucci deserves the credit, Isner got into position to win but Bellucci stepped up with some solid baseline play. I think Iz could have been a lil tired and rusty due to lack of match play. Brazil is getting strong support from an energetic group of Brazilians. Blake is doing a great job for Tennis Channel, he thinks Sam can make top 10 this year, based on how well he’s playing and how well he saw him play in the off season. Q-Ball is very talented and dangerous, it’s just a matter of time before he puts it all together, remember the taller players usually take a while longer to fully mature and find their top game.

  • Dan Markowitz · February 4, 2013 at 8:31 am


    Querrey got beat soundly by Wawrinka at the Aussie Open and Kohlschreiber in Auckland so far this year. Wawrinka is No. 17 and Kohly No. 19, so Q-ball’s chances of breaking the Top 10 don’t look so good.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    James Blake believes in Querrey. Nice win for Q vs. Alves who played the match of his life. We will see how Q goes from here, if he can beat Berdych, he can surely beat Stan and Kohlschreiber.

  • Steve · February 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Bellucci is one of the best lefties on the planet. He beat Tomic and take out just about anyone.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Bellucci is a dangerous player but inconsistent, when he’s on he’s a problem for anyone.

  • Andrew Miller · February 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Isner is the legitimate #1 U.S. player, but only because Sam hasn’t brought everything he has to bear on the game. Maybe we’ll see Sam pull a Fish and leapfrog Isner for the top U.S. spot. This is a debate no one cares about. But let’s admit it, Isner and Querrey are leagues better than the other U.S. players (outside of Fish, who is not healthy). In terms of talent of course other players, but in terms of legitimacy only Isner and Querrey.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    We are in the Querrey Isner American tennis era now.



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