Sam Querrey surely had the dream 2017 season, he reached his career best ranking of 13 after reaching Wimbledon semi-finals and US Open quarter-finals, and winning two titles – Acapulco and Los Cabos.
The American player, is all set to carry his momentum & is fully charged after the off-season ahead of the 2018 season that for him will start in Auckland before playing the Australian Open.
‘Now that I’m 30 years old, more time off is a little more beneficial for me compared to when I was younger,‘ Querrey said during a conference call announcing his presence at the New York Open on Tuesday.
‘I’m in my second day back of preseason and the time-off and getting away was really good. It let me relax and clear my mind—that’s kind of the balance that I’m looking for as I’m getting older especially.’ This year in the Acapulco final he was able to beat Rafael Nadal in a stunning way.
But the American has revealed that playing the top two men in the world is fun but it adds on the extra pressure. He revealed that he loves playing against the full pack audiences & that’s the best thing happens against the top players.
Asked about the feeling when he face Rafael or Roger Federer, Querrey said: The most fun is whenever you get to play them, it’s on Center Court, and it’s in front of a packed stadium. It’s a stadium where every seat is full and it’s kind of a special thing for a player when you get to play in front of such a great crowd.
The toughest part is mentally going out there and playing against Roger (Federer) or Rafa (Nadal) – you’re a little nervous because they’re so great and they’ve got so many accomplishments. You walk out there and almost feel like sometimes they’re a step ahead of you before you even play the point, so that can be a little tricky sometimes.’
Andy Roddick’s title in 2003 was the last time when any American player won a major and Jack Sock’s Paris Masters victory made Sam the first of his countryman to manage a top-level title in seven years.
And Querrey, 30, believes tennis in the nation is approaching a special period.
“We’re probably at an all-time high from eight years with the current group.
This is kind of the highest all four of us—John (Isner), Jack (Sock), Stevie (Johnson) and myself—have ended the year. So I feel like we’ve got a good group right now. I feel like guys this past year won a lot of big tournaments, won a lot of big matches and so we didn’t have a Grand Slam (singles) winner but guys did a lot of really good things.
So I feel like men’s tennis is in a great place right now and it’s only getting better, especially with all the young guys out there.‘
He also revealed that he is confident going to the Australian Open 2018 & expects to do better than the previous year. He also said that he is not putting any extra pressure to get into top-10 players of the world & is keeping the things simple & focusing on the game.