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Sam Querrey vs Kevin Anderson US Open preview: Anderson stands in the way of Querrey and consecutive major semis

Brendan O'Neill 5 Sep 2017
  • Sam Querrey vs Kevin Anderson US Open tennis is live from New York around 8.30pm local time on Tuesday (1.30am BST, Wednesday)
  • Querrey leads their head-to-head 8-6
Photo by Karl Norling

Sam Querrey targets semi-finals at back-to-back Grand Slams when he takes on fellow big-server Kevin Anderson in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Tuesday night inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Watch and bet on Querrey vs Anderson live from New York at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their quarter-final clash begins around 8.30pm local time on Tuesday (1.30am BST, Wednesday).

Nobody at the start of the season would have predicted Sam Querrey to advance to consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals, but the veteran American is just one victory from doing just that, with Kevin Anderson - the man he beat en route to the Wimbledon semis - standing in his path at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday night. Querrey arguably produced the most impressive performance of the tournament with his straight sets annihilation of Mischa Zverev in the R16 - can he repeat that display or will Anderson, a U.S. Open quarter-finalist in 2015, avenge his loss at the All England Club to reach a first major semi-final? Querrey and Anderson take to court around 8.30pm local time on Tuesday (1.30am BST, Wednesday).

With the men’s field at the 2017 U.S. Open decimated by injuries and the absence of multiple big-name players, Sam Querrey is the man looking most likely to step up and take advantage. Querrey registered three solid victories in his first three rounds over Gilles Simon, Dudi Sela and Radu Albot, but he delivered an explosive performance in the Round of 16 against Mischa Zverev on Sunday night, completely obliterating the serve-and-volleying German player in a straight sets masterclass.

Zverev routined Querrey’s compatriot John Isner on Arthur Ashe Stadium just two nights before, but Querrey was simply unplayable, blasting 55 winners to just eight unforced errors in one of the most impressive showings you’re ever likely to witness on a tennis court - and no, that’s not even exaggerating. Querrey fired 18 aces in the 6-2 6-2 6-1 blitz in just one hour and 16 minutes - the fastest match of the men’s tournament so far. It’s even more extraordinary when you consider Querrey was playing a night match on Ashe for the first time and looking to make his first quarter-final in New York.

"I really couldn't have done anything better out there tonight, I was in the zone," Querrey said after the win. "It was my first time playing out here at night, so I wanted to make the most of it.
"I was a little nervous at first, but I came out playing hot. Tennis is a game of momentum and once I broke early, I felt like I was off to the races. I felt comfortable three minutes into the match and that was the key."

Always a dangerous talent, but extremely erratic and seemingly lacking motivation to really dig in, work hard and compete consistently over the years, Querrey has suddenly transformed into a reliable performer over the last 12 months or so, and at 30 years of age, the American is playing the best tennis of his career. It was just over a year ago when Querrey stunned Novak Djokovic in the third round of Wimbledon to make his first Grand Slam quarter-final, and he more than backed that run up this season, conquering Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and World No. 1 and defending champion Andy Murray to advance into his first Grand Slam semi-final.

Querrey is back into the top 20 for the first time since 2013 as a result, while he’s also picked up two ATP World Tour titles, capturing the Mexican double in Acapulco and Los Cabos, with Querrey defeating four top 20 players - Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal - at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel to win the ATP 500 event. With victories over Djokovic, Murray and Nadal over the last 14 months, Querrey more than deserves his status as a genuine Grand Slam contender at the moment. Can he keep his momentum going in his second straight night match on Ashe?

Kevin Anderson is the man attempting to stop Querrey in his tracks, and the confident South African - who has been very animated throughout the American summer, perhaps sensing there was a massive opportunity on the horizon - will fancy his chances of silencing the New York crowd. Anderson has been flying under the radar at Flushing Meadows over the last week-and-a-bit, but he’s been very impressive, advancing into the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the second time in the last three years.

It was two years ago when Anderson upset Andy Murray to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, ultimately falling to Stan Wawrinka, but that result and a title triumph in Winston-Salem just before the U.S. Open contributed to him rising into the top 10 for the first time. However disaster struck soon after, with knee, shoulder, ankle and groin injuries forcing Anderson onto the sidelines for extended periods throughout 2016, with his ranking dropping to as low as 70 as a result, while hip problems also saw him miss the Australian Open at the start of 2017.

Anderson has worked extremely hard to build up his fitness again, and all the training has been paying dividends over the last couple of months, with the 31-year-old reaching the Citi Open final in Washington D.C., the quarter-finals at the Montreal Masters and the R16 at Wimbledon. Projected to climb to around No. 24 in the world regardless of Tuesday’s result, Anderson has been clinical in New York, beating J.C. Aragone, Ernests Gulbis, Borna Coric and Paolo Lorenzi en route to the quarter-finals.

“Obviously it feels great right now, matching my best result here,” Anderson said. “I feel like I'm playing really good tennis. My body's healthy. It was a pretty tough loss at the beginning of this year with a few injuries.”

Querrey and Anderson have played 14 times on tour, with the American currently holding a 8-6 advantage, including winning their Wimbledon R16 clash in five sets, while Anderson won comfortably in Montreal a few weeks ago. Both players are very similar at their best - big dominant serves, powerful groundstrokes and an intent to dictate with authority whenever the opportunity presents itself. Both are in very good form as well, which should make this an entertaining affair. I think Querrey has that little bit extra in his game right now and the confidence, experience and self-belief from making the Wimbledon semi-finals - and his remarkable display on Ashe against Zverev - should be enough to see the American make back-to-back major semis.

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Sam Querrey vs Kevin Anderson US Open preview: Anderson stands in the way of Querrey and consecutive major semis

Sam Querrey targets semi-finals at back-to-back Grand Slams when he takes on fellow big-server Kevin Anderson in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Tuesday night inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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