Second seed Sam Querrey and fifth-seeded Xavier Malisse delivered expected victories in the second round of 2012 Farmers Classic. They were better than Igor Sijsling and Matthew Ebden respectively.
Local hero Querrey, number 57 on ATP rankings, brushed aside his Dutch adversary Sijsling in less than an hour of play. Sijsling did not earn a single break point during the encounter and therefore could not even begin to upset the American on the other side of the net. The latter never lost his serve, but grabbed himself four of Sijsling’s ones, two in each set. The end score: 6-2, 6-2 for the champion of 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles ATP tournaments.
“I feel like I play great here. I want to win, I think I can win,” Querrey commented the match. We are yet to see whether he can complete his hat-trick of Los Angeles trophies by the end of the week.
First he will have to beat Belgian Malisse who – just as Querrey – advanced to the quarterfinals without his serve being broken at any stage of the clash against Australian Ebden. The first of the two sets was thus practically decided with Ebden losing a serve in the very first game. In the second set Malisse added two more converted break points to his tally, which generated the end result 6-4, 6-3 in favor of the World no. 72.