Sam Querrey vs. Taylor Fritz
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Eastbourne International.
Sam Querrey is coming off a three sets win over Thomas Fabbiano that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Querrey won 84 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Querrey won 76 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his eight break points. Querrey got 77 percent of his first serves in play, saved both of his break points and hit 33 aces. If Querrey is going to serve like that moving forward, he should be a decent sized favorite to win this match. Querrey looks to win his first title since the 2017 Los Cabos Open and his 11th title of his career. Querrey is 1-2 in career final appearances on grass and has won seven of his last 10 final appearances overall. Querrey has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
Taylor Fritz is coming off a straight sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Fritz won 77 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Fritz won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on his only break point. Fritz got 64 percent of his first serves in play, saved all seven of his break points and hit nine aces. Fritz overcame being down several set points in an opening set tiebreak and then cruised the rest of the way to send the crowd favorite home in disappointment. Fritz looks to win his first career singles title, and this is his only final appearance outside of the 2016 Memphis Open. Fritz has won four of his last five matches on grass court.
These two have split the previous four matches, and Querrey won the most recent match in 2018 Shanghai. Fritz has won two of the last three matches, all of which took place last year. All four meetings took place on hard court and three of the matches went the distance.
Fritz proved me wrong against Edmund, as he showed great mental toughness and found a way to get the job done. Still, Querrey has to have the edge in this match based on his serving. He’s getting so many free points with his serve and that puts a ton of pressure on his opponent to play perfect. As well as Fritz has fought in this tournament, he has provided a window for all of his opponents and gives away too many break points. That’s not going to work against the fellow American.
Querrey wins his first title in two years.