Holy Shikes: Did Sam Querrey Really Beat Novak Djokovic?!!

This score just scrawled by on the ticker as I’m watching Isner-Llodra–“Querrey def. Djokovic, 0-6, 7-6, 6-4.” You Can’t Be Serious! I saw
Querrey lose to Djoko in Toronto this summer and unless they made the width of the court narrower, I can’t possibly see how Querrey won. This is Querrey’s biggest win of his whole career, bar none. Maybe he’s hooked up with some hot Parisian girl and is flippin’ in confidence because result is amazing. American tennis might be going down the tubes, but the world No. 1 has just lost in one year to Isner and Querrey. I wonder what Jelena Gencic is going to say now.


  • Mitch · October 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Dojokovic won the first 8 games of the match and lost! I saw parts of the second and third sets; definitely a case of Djokovic playing bad than Querrey playing amazing.

  • Steve · October 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Querrey has been the best american player for years now –he was just injured. All due respect to b baker & fish

  • Mark L · October 31, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Djokovic looked sluggish, tired, and sick after the first set and there were reports of him having the stomach flu. As I’m sure you’ve heard also there are a lot of stories out there about his father being in the hospital although no one really knows what’s wrong with him. I wouldn’t read much into this other than external factors allowed his level to significantly drop.

  • Dan Markowitz · October 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Querrey’s the best American player! What world are you living in, Steve? You could outrun Sam. The guy has won two big slam matches in his life, and i wouldn’t even call them very big, he beat Berdych once and Raonic this year. He’s never won a big Davis Cup match, and Isner, Fish, Roddick have all been better players than him in the last five years.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Firstly, I hadn’t heard that Djoko’s father’s in the hospital. He seems like a relatively young man, probably not even 50.

    Secondly, I saw the second set and I don’t agree with Mitch’s and Mark’s assessment that Djoko basically lost the set rather than Querrey winning the set. Sam is a good indoors player because his serve is so dominant. He also was hitting his big forehand which can be dangerous and surprisingly, he even hit a couple of down the line backhand winners.

    Djoko was trying to run Querrey, but the American withstood the onslaught. Djoko and Murray have not been great indoors players because they don’t serve well enough, the way Fed and Sampras do/did.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Now ‘hole on a second here. Querrey beats Djoko and then takes care of Raonic in straights. (By the way, has there ever been a player like Raonic, who’s not even in the Top 10, who goes out and has a PR guy travel with him? That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of. I mean, outside of Toronto and Montreal, is there really so much media demand for Raonic that he needs a PR guy traveling with him?)

    Indoor tennis is the domain of the hard-serving, quick shot-maker, and Querrey fits that bill. His serve and forehand are the best in American tennis since early Roddick. I just think on hard courts outside, his lack of foot speed, along with a not-very penetrating backhand and average fitness does him in at the slams.

    But how ’bout Paris, huh? The Big 4 is gone by the third round. Even Del Po is out and Berdych almost followed in his big shoes (Kevin Anderson has had a woeful year, but come indoors, and a big man with a big serve can get hot). And did I call it or did I call it? Is Jerzy Janowicz a watcher!? I didn’t see the Murray match, but I’m guessing Murray had a serious implode when the match turned. Where is coach Taciturn Ivan? Playing the big Senior Tour going on in the States?

    Seeing how fast the courts are and how short most of the rallies, makes me more impressed with the nice indoor runs guys like Simon and Nalbandian had in the past. I remember Vince saying he wasn’t a good indoor player because it’s grip n rip tennis. Be interesting to see if Ferrer can pull this event out now. Isner should never play Davis Cup again. He had two great DCup victories this year, as well as the finals at IW, but the rest of his year has been Pepe Le Pew!

  • Steve · November 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Querrey’s talent and potential is very clear to see. Foot speed isn’t everything.

    I like seeing the talent on the way up rather than rooting just for Djoker once he’s already top 4 (or #2 in this case).

  • Dan Markowitz · November 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Querrey isn’t on the way up. Yes, he’s having a nice tournament, but as we all know, indoor tennis is not a good litmus test to how a player is really faring. What makes you think Querrey is rising? He got to the third round of only two slams this year, lost in the first and second rounds of the other two events.

    He won L.A. and got to semis of Winston-Salem. This is where Querrey excels, not in the big events. Look, if you want to follow a guy who looks like he could be a big riser and is much younger than Querrey, take a look at Jerzy Janowicz.

    I like Querrey. I love his serve and forehand, but betting big on Sam is always a ill-conceived idea.

  • Steve · November 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Wrong. Fed began his run back to #1 during the late year indoor season which eventually led to another wimbledon.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Actually think this is the exact kind of win Sam needed. He’s had a very good year, regained his top 25 ranking, and this kind of win can give the confidence to go higher and higher. He now knows he can beat the best. And that is experience that you can’t put a price on. Sam can go top 10 next year.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 3, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Fed is an anomaly. Name me one other player who played great at the end of the year and followed than up in the next season? You can’t choose Fed because the guy didn’t win the Aussie Open this year. He only won IW. But you take Davydenko, Nalbandian, or Simon, none of these guys ever followed up a great indoor season with a spectacular next year.

    Look, I like this kid Janowicz, but we never heard of the guy until this event. You think he just now turned into a great player. Indoor tennis hides players’s weaknesses if they’re shot-makers. But once they get back outside, those weaknesses reappear like the sun.

    Of more concern, Raonic isn’t winning indoors. He should dominate indoors, but the guy has trouble returning serve and although I like him charging the net as much as he does, he’s got no touch or flexibility at the net. He’s got Roberto Duran hands. The way he’s built–very compact–and the way he walks, kind of hunched over and with no spring in his step, doesn’t bode well for his net game. The guy should be training with Mark Woodforde or Jonas Bjorkman, not Galo Blanco. He’s never going to be a baseliner and what can the Spaniard teach him about playing the forecourt?

  • Steve · November 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Fed is an anomaly in setting up successful seasons? The list of players that often excelled in the indoor, late season & followed it up with success is truly huge. Maybe you’ve heard of Sampras, Becker, Mcenroe, Lendl & Heweitt? Nalby & Davy are the anomalies actually.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm


    You’re naming great players with the exception of Hewitt, Nalby and Davy, and when did they ever have great seasons after stellar indoor campaigns? Name the years.

    I’m going to the Senior Event at Madison Square Garden on Monday night with McEnroe, Rafter, Sampras and Agassi and I’ll ask them how important they think the indoor season is. If it’s a good barometer of how a player will do during the regular outdoor season.

    Querrey lost to Llodra in straight sets. At 4-2, Llodra in the second set, Querrey got up love-40 and had two backhand passes at break points and couldn’t convert either. As Vince Spadea Sr. said, you’re only as good as your backhand. Querrey’s isn’t very good. The guy will never be Top 10.

  • Steve · November 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Okay Dan, I’m going to give you a gift. Here’s your chance to write an article on something before it happens. Next year Gasquet will continue improving. Yes Gasquet. He’s made a strong move forward during end of this year and it’s clear that something is really working with his new coach, Riccardo Piatti. He damn near made the WTF. It’s an interesting story. Apparently Piatti has a very calming effect on players but I’d love to hear more about this.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I love Gasquet. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. And I do think he’s improving. But again, like Querrey, Gasquet just doesn’t have the goods to be a top player. I like his chances better than Querrey’s to get into top 10, but Gasquet just never displays that supreme confidence or fight necessary to get to the very top and I don’t think any coach will change that.

    Who has Piatti helped become a big time player in the past?

  • Steve · November 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    He wnet from about 31 to 11 but more importantly gasquet is playing more wisely and staying more positive. Piatti’s impact is as strong as lendl’s on murray. Piatti helped lubacic(sp?) and others. Perhaps scoop has a biodile on him. Scoop u have power?

  • Dan Markowitz · November 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Geez, what happened to Grosjean? He looked like he was making a concerted effort with Gasquet. Now I know who you’re talking about, Lujbucic’s old coach. How come so many of these European coaches, like Youzhny’s and Gulbis’s look like they’re either really old or really out of shape?

    You ever notice how the women’s coaches–I guess because they also hit with their players–look in much better shape.

    I like what Gasquet’s done this year, but he’s 26 and still doesn’t have a dominant serve. I don’t think you can win big in today’s game without a big serve. Paris was looking like a big celebration for the French until Jerzy took Simon out and Ferrer Llodra today.

  • Steve · November 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Fed doesn’t serve huge but has all the pitches. Gasquet can go in this direction. I have seen gasquet serve over 130. He plays rugby and is strongly built. It’s all improving right now.

  • Steve · November 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Time is right for an in-depth cover story on the gasquet/piatti alliance.



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