August 28, 2008
Q. You were cramping?
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, my calf started to cramp a little bit, and then it
worked its way up my legs. But I was still able to move out there. It
wasn't to the point where I had to quit.
Q. Bet you were glad you didn't have to go five.
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, if I didn't win this last game I don't know if I
could have won that match.
Q. Reason for the cramping just doing a lot of work out there, lots of
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, that first set was a grind. I mean, a lot of those
points were twenty‑ball rallies, and with my body type I don't need to
be doing that. Need to change something.
Q. Speaking of body types you have Ivo next.
SAM QUERREY: I know. That's the good thing. It's not going to be a lot
of baseline rallies, but still a tough one. Guy's got a huge serve.
Q. You played three times and won twice?
SAM QUERREY: Yes.
Q. Guys talk about his serve as a weapon that's almost impossible to
deal with. I would think that of all people you feel like you're on kind
of even ground.
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, exactly. At least with his serve ‑‑ a lot guys it's
up here above their shoulders. With me it might be at shoulder level.
But a lot of times you just got to take a guess almost with him.
But yeah, I laid him in Nottingham and he had like 80 aces, so...
Q. Do you feel like why not let's just go to tiebreaker?
SAM QUERREY: Sometimes, yeah.
Q. So this kind of match today, long, lots of points, you had to do the
work, second round the US Open. You got through, and mentally it's got
to be a good win.
SAM QUERREY: Awesome win. One of the most exciting for me so far. Fun to
play out there on Grandstand. Night match and the fans were into it. Big
step for me.
Q. What do you think; do you think your body can hold out through
another few match?
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I'm going to drink a lot of water, I'm going to
stretch, eat right, do everything that I need to do to get better.
Q. So coming into the tournament, did you have a positive feeling where
you thought, okay, if I play to my level maybe I can really do some
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, definitely. I have been playing well in practice and
it's starting to show during the matches. Hopefully I can just keep
Q. What's your pick on James versus Mardy? Tough one, huh?
SAM QUERREY: I know James got him in the past, I think the last two
times. So, I mean, you got to favor James.
But Mardy, is on a roll right now. Finals in New Haven and got a good
backhand. I don't want to pick.
THE MODERATOR: You're not even going to ask him about the shot around
the net post?
Q. Oh, that's right. So that was what, the second to last point of the
SAM QUERREY: Third to the last. That was breakpoint.
Q. Is that one of your best scramble points ever?
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I can't remember if I made a first serve or not, and
then I ripped a forehand and then ripped an approach shot that I thought
was going long, but it clipped, and he just rifled a backhand across
court and it hit the tape.
I wasn't going to go for it, and then I just last minute, boom goes the
Q. Did you think he was going to make the pass?
SAM QUERREY: Yeah, he had the whole court open. He missed that one.
Q. So a little bit of luck there?
SAM QUERREY: Yeah.
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