Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Querrey vs Ram Rematch In Indianapolis Tennis Championships

Querrey vs Ram Rematch In Indianapolis Tennis Championships

Sam Querrey defeated Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4, to reach the second round of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships where he will face Ram in a rematch of the Newport final.

A lucky loser who gained entry into the Newport draw, Ram went on to sweep both singles and doubles titles on the historic grass-court grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Ram rallied for a 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 victory over Querrey in the final to capture his first career ATP World Tour singles title.

The Newport final presented a clash of styles as serve-and-volleyer Ram forced Querrey, primarily a power-based baseliner, to try to come up with passing shots. Querrey is hoping the truer bounce of the hard courts in Indianapolis will help his cause.

"It's great to get another shot at Ram," Querrey said. "He's confident and he's won seven out of his last eight matches if you count Newport qualifying. He plays well and has talent at the net. It will be a tough one for me. We may be playing in his hometown, but I have a decent support group of my own."

Querrey is bidding to reach his third consecutive Indianapolis semifinal. He lost to Gilles Simon in the 2008 semifinals a year after bowing to Dmitry Tursunov in the 2007 final four.

"Maybe the sport spotlight is on me a bit but I don't mind at all," said Querrey. "Of course it would be better if Andy, James (Blake), Mardy (Fish) and the Bryan brothers were here. But they have other things going on."