According to Sam Querrey, his Wimbledon semifinal result is yet another performance in a positive season that imbues him with confidence going forward.
The towering Californian, who lost to Marin Cilic in four sets on Friday, was relatively upbeat after his breakthrough Grand Slam campaign came to a close.
En route to the semifinals Querrey beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and world No.1 Andy Murray – each in five sets – for his best result at a major tournament.
“It’s been a fun run,” he said.
“It (my performances) has given me some confidence, not only this year, but last year, and in Acapulco earlier this year. I feel like I’ve really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come as I get a little bit older.
“Marin is just really good. I mean, he’s tough on both sides. I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today. I had that break in the fourth. When he broke me back … kind of deflated me a little bit.
“He just does everything really well.”
You could say the same about Querrey.
Big serving monstrous forehands and an increasingly confident presence on court helped him to the Acapulco ATP 500 title in early March, an exceptional week during which he beat in succession David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal.
While he didn’t exactly kick on, going a tepid 8-9 between then and Wimbledon, the boost it provided clearly had lingering effects – as his run here at the All England Club showed.
“I didn’t really have any questions about myself going in. I knew I was a good tennis player. I felt like I had this in me. To do this has been fun. Hopefully I can do more of it,” Querrey said.
“Before I go (for) titles of majors, some baby steps before that. I do feel I can. I feel if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys.
Like I said, last year, this year, and Acapulco, to have those three moments where I really feel like I played well and beat a lot of good players, hopefully there’s more moments like that to come.”
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