A Wimbledon Rarity: A Late-Round Matchup Between American Men

England — Matches between American males had been as quickly as an unremarkable fixture of the later ranges of Grand Slam events, along with Wimbledon. In the first 33 years of the Open interval, from 1968 to 2000, American males squared off inside the fourth spherical or later 72 events on the All England Club.

But it has not occurred properly right here since 2000. Tennys Sandgren and Sam Querrey will change that on Monday. Their fourth-round meeting could be the primary match between American males inside the second week of any Grand Slam occasion as a result of the 2007 Australian Open when Andy Roddick beat Mardy Fish inside the quarterfinals.

Querrey booked his spot first, defeating John Millman, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8), 6-3. Querrey, who beat the Wimbledon prime seeds in consecutive years by ousting Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Andy Murray in 2017, had a robust start to this yr’s occasion as properly, eliminating No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

It has been notably spectacular given his lack of match play this yr after abdomen hurt pressured him out of the European clay swing.

“Fortunately, the little injury was during the clay court season, which historically hasn’t been my favorite,” acknowledged Querrey, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2017. “Here, I can jump right in and feel fine.”

Querrey, 31, has normally wanted to answer questions on diversified nadirs in American males’ tennis all through his occupation, nevertheless, acknowledged it had not been a burden on his having fun with.

“It hasn’t affected me,” he acknowledged. “I haven’t thought of it. I don’t feel any extra pressure. I and all the other guys are doing the best we can. Hopefully, someone can get a final at a Slam — or hopefully win it — in the next few years, but it’s zero extra pressure for me.”

Querrey, ranked 65th, did particular some satisfaction at being part of a milestone match.

“If three months ago you were like, ‘Oh, two American men will play in the second week of a Slam,’ you probably wouldn’t have said, ‘Querrey-Sandgren,’” he acknowledged. “It’s exciting. You’ve got one guy in the quarters.”

Some of the identical outdated suspects superior to the fourth spherical with ease on Saturday, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who every obtained in straight items.

Sandgren, 27, had no historic previous of grass-court success sooner than this week. Wimbledon is barely his sixth expert occasion on the grass. He saved his composure and focus impressively to beat 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini, 6-3, 7-6 (12), 6-3.

No American man has made a Grand Slam remaining in a decade since Roddick suffered a heartbreaking 16-14 fifth-set loss to Federer inside 2009 Wimbledon remaining. Before this drought, the longest gap had been three years, from 1986 to 1989. But for Sandgren, who made his private breakthrough run to the Australian Open quarterfinals ultimate yr, there are causes for optimism.

“It’s definitely better than it was three, four years ago,” he acknowledged. “We have more guys pushing each other, and I think there’s always a chance that an American guy does make a run at one of these big events.”

Sandgren ranked 94th, well-known that the American males’ contingent was “missing somebody who is seriously contending for a Slam every time.”

Some of the players who’ve been thought-about decisions to do which have been derailed not too way back.

The prime American man, 12th-ranked John Isner, misplaced inside the second spherical in 5 items to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Wimbledon was his first occasion since he injured his left foot in March. Isner reached the semifinals on the All England Club ultimate yr, falling by 26-24 inside the fifth set to Kevin Anderson after 6 hours 36 minutes.

Jack Sock, who broke into the very best 10 in late 2017 after which plummeted precipitously the following yr, has not carried out an occasion since January because of thumb hurt. His agent, Max Eisenbud, acknowledged Sock would return to rivals this month on the ATP occasion in Atlanta.

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