The Best of the Day preview blasts a forehand down the line with Wimbledon tips for underdog Sam Querrey’s massive quarter-final assignment against Rafael Nadal.
History: Played 5: Nadal 4 V Querrey 1
Last meeting: Mexican Open, 2017 (F): Querrey d Nadal 6-3 7-6
Final Thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down Sam Querrey’s chances of a Wimbledon quarter-final boilover against Rafael Nadal.
Two-time winner Nadal is chasing his first title at Wimbledon since 2010. He reached the semis in 2018 for the first time in seven years.
Nadal doing Nadal things 😏
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 8, 2019
After winning yet another French Open, he has carved a dominant path through the Wimbledon draw. The world No.2 dropped his only set of the tournament against Nick Kyrgios in the second round.
Since then, Nadal has demolished Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6-2 6-3 6-2) and Jaoa Sousa (6-2 6-2 6-2).
A 39th Grand Slam quarter-final awaits… 👏
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) July 8, 2019
The 31-year-old Querrey was ranked a career-high No.11 in early-2018, but he is currently 65th in the world.
Despite pulling out of French Open, Querrey found some form either side. He reached the Houston Open semis and the Eastbourne International final.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019
Querrey has carried that form into Wimbledon. He came from a set down to roll fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the first round. The veteran then put away Andrey Rublev and John Millman in straight sets.
A lengthy four-set win over fellow American Tennys Sandgren carried Querrey into the final eight.
The No.5 seed goes out…
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2019
Querrey was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2016 and made the semis 12 months later. He also reached the US Open quarters in 2017. But it was a tough 18 months or so subsequently, stopped in the third round or earlier in the following five grand slams.
Nadal has won four of the five previous encounters between the pair. But Querrey can take confidence from winning the most recent clash – a straight-sets triumph in the 2017 Mexican Open final.
They have met once in grand slam play, Nadal winning a US Open fourth-round match back in 2008.
Nadal has won eight of his last nine grand slam quarter-finals. He looks highly unlikely to stumble here, but Querrey’s hot form suggests he can take a set off the Spanish legend.