American and 18th seed, Sam Querrey needed 5 sets to defeat Xavier Malisse today, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, 5-7, 9-7 in 3 hours and 47 minutes, marking the first time he has ever won a true 5 set match in the 22 year old’s early career, and setting up around of 16 showdown with 4th seed and pride of Britain, Andy Murray, who notched an easy straight set win today over Frenchman Giles Simon, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

For Querrey, the win sees him through to the round of 16 at The All England Club for the first time, and is the 2nd time in his career that he has made the round of 16 at a major (The US Open, 08).  Querrey, who has played excellent grass court tennis this season, won the AEGON Championships earlier this month at the prestigious Queen’s Club in London, and claiming his first ever grass court title.  But Querrey has now had two very difficult matches in a row, as he was pushed in 4 tight sets by Ivan Dodig on Thursday, and then today by Malisse, who has had made a resurgence this grass court season.  Querrey’s win over Malisse was his second in 2 weeks, as he also defeated the Belgian at Queen’s in 3 sets, after losing the first in a tie breaker.

Here are the match stats from Querrey-Malisse this afternoon:

  Malisse (BEL) Querrey (USA)
         
  1st Serve % 119 of 192 = 62 % 110 of 181 = 61 %
 
  Aces 14 23
 
  Double Faults 1 6
 
  Unforced Errors 32 43
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 88 of 119 = 74 % 85 of 110 = 77 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 38 of 73 = 52 % 39 of 71 = 55 %
 
  Winners 68 71
 
  Receiving Points Won 57 of 187 = 30 % 66 of 193 = 34 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 3 of 11 = 27 % 6 of 20 = 30 %
 
  Net Approaches 40 of 58 = 69 % 37 of 54 = 69 %
 
  Total Points Won 183 190
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 124 MPH 136 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 113 MPH 122 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 87 MPH 92 MPH

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/stats/day13/1311ms.html

Sam Querrey has won 4 titles this year, second only to world # 1 Rafael Nadal, and he has won a title on all 3 surfaces–the first and only player to do so this year so far.  Querrey and John Isner were seeded 12th in the doubles but were forced to withdraw from the men’s doubles competition earlier this week, in light of very demanding matches in singles for both players.

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–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)