Sunday, October 12, 2014

Querrey to play for NorCal Challenger sweep

Sam Querrey, serving earlier
in the week, beat Matt Reid
6-3, 6-4 to reach the Tiburon
final. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Only John Millman stands in the way of a Northern California Challenger sweep for Sam Querrey.
   They reached the final of the $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger by defeating qualifiers on Saturday at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.
   The top-seeded Querrey dispatched Matt Reid of Australia 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes, but the unseeded Millman needed 2 hours, 13 minutes to subdue Nils Langer of Germany 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
   Querrey, a 27-year-old native of nearby San Francisco, extended his winning streak to 16 matches since losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the third round of the U.S. Open.
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey won two Davis Cup matches against Slovakia in Chicago, followed by titles in the Napa and Sacramento Challengers in the past two weeks. He has not lost a set in his four matches in Tiburon.
   Millman, a 25-year-old Australian, returned to competition in April after missing 11 months because of shoulder surgery. He trailed Langer by a service break at 1-2 in the second set before reeling off five straight games.  
   Querrey defeated Millman 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 last week in the Sacramento semifinals. Millman led 4-2 in the second set. This will be their second meeting.
$100,000 FIRST REPUBLIC BANK TIBURON CHALLENGER
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
Singles semifinals
   John Millman, Australia, def. Nils Langer, Germany, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
   Sam Querrey (1), United States, def. Matt Reid, Australia, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles semifinals
   Bradley Klahn, United States, and Adil Shamasdin (2), Canada, def. Chase Buchanan and Tennys Sandgren, United States, 3-6, 6-3 [13-11].
Today's schedule
Stadium Court
(Starting at noon)
   Bradley Klahn, United States, and Adil Shamasdin (2), Canada, vs. Carsten Ball and Matt Reid, Australia.
   Sam Querrey (1), United States, vs. John Millman, Australia (not before 2 p.m.).

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