Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Sam Querrey will meet in the second round of the 2014 US Open.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez won his first round match over Yen-Hsun Lu fairly easily in three sets. Garcia-Lopez needed only 26 games to advance to the next round in the effortless victory. That’s exactly the type of match Guillermo Garcia-Lopez needed to regain his confidence, as he hasn't’ had the best season, losing four of his last six matches heading into the US Open. Garcia-Lopez also hasn’t had much success in this tournament, as he’s never surpassed the second round in his entire career and is just 6-9 at the US Open all-time. However, even with the losses and the bleak history, Garcia-Lopez is an experienced player at the age of 31 and does have an impressive win this season over Stanislas Wawrinka.
Sam Querrey needed all five sets to defeat Maximo Gonzalez, a match that took 47 games to be decided. Those type of matches are dangerous in this tournament due to the fatigue factor eventually kicking in. Still, Sam Querrey has had a successful season this year, reaching the semifinals in Winston-Salem, the semifinals in the Cincinnati Masters and the semifinals of the Citi Open. Querrey’s serve is in top form, and he’s moving quite well despite playing a lot of matches this season and several tiebreaks. Querrey has now won five of his last six matches overall. At the US Open, Sam Querrey will look to advance past the second round for the fifth time in his career and for the first time since 2012. Of course, the crowd will be in his corner every step of the way.
These two have played four times in the past, and Sam Querrey has won all four matches. Their most recent match was at Winston-Salem this season, and Querrey won the match in three sets. In fact, three of their last four matches have gone the distance.
This match could go either way, especially with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez having the rest advantage after playing such a shorter match. However, it’s tough to go against an American at the US Open when the match is a tossup.
Give me Querrey to win another long match.