It was a night of contrasting emotions for Americans as Sam Querrey came from a set down to beat Fernando Verdasco in China, serving 10 aces on his way to a 5-7 6-3 6-4 defeat. It was a tightly contested match throughout with both players giving very little on serve. A tiebreak looked a certainty as the first ten games saw no break points and just one deuce only for Querrey to have a nightmare of a service game, falling down 15-40. Verdasco took the first of the two on offer to get the chance to serve out the match.
Querrey finally made his breakthrough on the Verdasco serve at 4-3*, taking the first break point opportunity of the match. However, serving it out would not be a straight forward task. Querrey fell to 0-40 only to win the next five points to move into a decider. Verdasco’s wastefulness would continue in the third set (just 1/7 break points taken over the whole match) as an opportunity would go begging early in the set. Meanwhile, his American opponent was efficient on break points and took his total taken to 2/2 with a break to go 5-4 ahead and serve to go to the next round.
Again though, it would not be simple as Querrey saved two more break points and squandered three match points before taking the fourth to move into the next round where he will play Julien Benneteau or Andreas Seppi.
Brian Baker would not be so fortunate though as he was defeated by Kevin Anderson in three sets. The South African’s serve was key as he served 19 aces in the 5-7 6-3 6-1 victory. After being pegged back in the first set from a break up, Baker would not be stopped and would manage to break Anderson’s serve for the second and last time in the match before serving out the set, converting on his third set point.
From then on though, Anderson would show his class and became unbreakable. Four love holds helped him on his way to a 6-2 victory in the second set, breaking in the sixth game of the set at the second time of asking. The third set was more of the same as some dominant serving combined with the Baker serve beginning to break down saw the American handed a bread stick. A tough second round awaits Anderson as he will take on the winner of Tommy Haas and Mikhail Youzhny.