Victorious American, world # 23, Sam Querrey (above) salutes the crowd at the historic Queen’s Club.

American Sam Querrey served notice to Mardy Fish on the eve of Wimbledon with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory in 1 hour and 24 minutes, his first ever tournament victory on grass.  For Querrey, the win was significant on many levels.  Querrey becomes the first player on tour this year to have a tournament victory on hard courts (Memphis), clay (Belgrade), and now grass, and is the first player besides world # 1 Rafael Nadal to win 3 tournaments this year.

Querrey is sure to move up from 23 with the victory, notched at the world’s second most prestigious grass court tournament, where several Wimbledon champions have held the trophy.  Big Sam played opportune tennis, working Fish with big first serves and his immense forehand, which he is hitting magnificently.  Querrey played exceptionally well on the big points, converting on 2 of his 3 break chances, and firing 15 aces.

For Querrey, the win is his 5th career tournament victory.

–Crack (