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2016 US Open Player to Watch: Sam Querrey

September 5, 2015 - Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey in action against Daria Gavrilova (not pictured) and John Peers (not pictured) in a second-round mixed doubles match during the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. (USTA/Ned Dishman)

The Sam Querrey File

Age: 28
Height: 6-6
Residence: Santa Monica, CA
Current Rank: 41
Career-High Rank: 17 (January 2011)
Best US Open Finish: 4R (2008, 2010)

The Baseline

Sam Querrey made international headlines on Day 6 at this year's Wimbledon, when he completed a two-day, four-set victory over two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the year’s biggest tennis upset. The victory snapped the indomitable Djokovic’s 30-match Grand Slam winning streak and sent the reigning US Open titlist to his earliest defeat at a major since the 2009 French Open.

Querrey, however, is hardly an upstart. The native Californian has been a force in the Top 50 of the men’s game since 2008. He has reached the fourth round at both Wimbledon and the US Open in his career, as well as the third round at both the Australian Open and French Open, and owns eight career tour singles titles and five career tour doubles titles. The native Californian has also been a stalwart on the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Querrey first made a splash in the professional ranks 10 years ago, when he upset former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio at the 2006 US Open. Two years later the big-serving right-hander advanced to the Flushing Meadows round of 16, a performance he would repeat in 2010.

He finished the 2010 season ranked No. 18 in the world and was viewed as a rising star. But a series of injuries took their toll – including a freak accident that required surgery after Querrey hurt his arm when a glass table collapsed underneath him – and he has struggled to post the kind of consistent results needed to crash the Top 10.

Until now, that is. At 28, Querrey is enjoying a career resurgence. Earlier this year he won his first tour singles title in four years, in Delray Beach, and he has also advanced to the semifinals in Memphis, Acapulco and s’Hertogenbosch. For good measure, he added a doubles title in Geneva with fellow American Steve Johnson.

Armed with one of the more imposing serves in tennis and big-time power off both wings, Querrey has a game that thrives on hard courts. In fact, six of his eight career titles have come on concrete. And with the confidence he’ll surely carry from dethroning Djokovic at Wimbledon – not to mention the ranking boost that should assure he is seeded at most events this summer – Querrey is a strong contender for a deep run at this year’s US Open. No doubt, he’ll have the attention of the Open’s top seeds.