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Querrey vs Tipsarevic ATP Houston live streaming, preview and tips - Querrey and Tipsarevic clash for the eighth time in Houston quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 12 Apr 2019
  • Sam Querrey vs Janko Tipsarevic is live from Houston around 1.30pm local time on Friday (7.30pm BST)
  • Tipsarevic leads their head-to-head 4-3 and has won their last three meetings
Sam Querrey (PA Images)

Sam Querrey targets his first win over Janko Tipsarevic since 2011 when the pair clash for the eighth time in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships quarter-finals in Houston on Friday.

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Former top 15 players Sam Querrey and Janko Tipsarevic square off for a spot in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships in Houston on Friday.

Querrey is a two-time former runner-up on the clay of Houston, going down to Juan Ignacio Chela in 2010 (the same season he won his one and only clay-court title in Belgrade) and Jack Sock in 2015, while he was also a semi-finalist in 2014, with the American holding a solid 16-9 record at the tournament. Querrey, who has endured a rough last 12 months or so, is back into the Houston quarter-finals for the sixth time after straight sets victories over Bjorn Fratangelo (6-3 6-4) and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (6-4 6-3).

It’s Querrey’s first quarter-final since Chengdu in September. As mentioned, Querrey has been in poor form for quite a while now - basically ever since his career-best season in 2017, which saw him hit a career-high ranking of No. 11 at the start of 2018. The American out together numerous eye-catching results two years ago, winning two ATP titles in Acapulco (beating four top 20 players, including Rafael Nadal in the final) and Los Cabos, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon with wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray and making the U.S. Open quarter-finals for an overall win-loss record of 36-21. Querrey went on to reach his aforementioned career-high ranking of No. 11 after a runner-up showing at the New York Open to Anderson in February of last year, but after a quarter-final finish at the Indian Wells Masters, Querrey only made two more quarter-finals (at Queen’s Club and Chengdu) for the remainder of 2018, losing in the third round of Wimbledon and the opening round of the U.S. Open.

Failing to defend those semi-final and quarter-final points at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year saw Querrey drop outside the top 50, and he hasn’t been able to claw his way back in, going 6-6 for 2019 so far and dropping to No. 71 in the world - his lowest mark since 2014. Can the 31-year-old help rebuild that ranking by making the semi-finals or better in Houston?


Janko Tipsarevic is a man who knows all about ranking slides. A former World No. 8, two-time U.S. Open quarter-finalist and a winner of four ATP titles throughout his career (and also qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals twice in 2011-12), Tipsarevic has been decimated by injuries over the last few seasons, with the Serbian undergoing a total of seven surgeries and going 570 days without a tour-level victory before he beat Bradley Klahn to make the second round of the Miami Masters a couple of weeks ago.

The 34-year-old was unranked at various stages between 2014 and 2018 due to all of his injury problems, which included a benign tumour on his left foot when he underwent surgery for and had to get removed again after it returned, double surgery on his right knee and then three more surgeries on his hamstrings - two on his left and one on his right. Tipsarevic didn’t play at all between the 2017 U.S. Open and the start of this season, missing 2018 completely and returning with a protected ranking at the Australian Open, where he went out in the opening round to Grigor Dimitrov in four sets. The Serbian has only played three more tournaments for the season (before Houston), making the R16 at the Bangkok Challenger, making the second round of Miami and the second round of the Monterrey Challenger, but he’s won back-to-back tour-level matches for the first time in two years in Houston, taking out last year’s runner-up Tennys Sandgren and Cameron Norrie in straight sets.

Querrey and Tipsarevic have played seven times before, with Tipsarevic holding a 4-3 advantage and winning their last three encounters, including a match on clay at the 2012 French Open. Only two of their seven matches have been won in straight sets, but it’s hard to say what’s going to happen in this match, with Tipsarevic being sidelined for so long and Querrey as unpredictable as ever. Querrey is surely going to have a tournament soon that helps him back up the rankings, and Houston (which is traditionally notoriously weak compared to other ATP events), is as good a chance as ever. I place him as the slight favourite, but Tipsarevic is certainly playing well enough to take advantage of an erratic performance.


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Querrey vs Tipsarevic ATP Houston live streaming, preview and tips - Querrey and Tipsarevic clash for the eighth time in Houston quarter-finals

Sam Querrey targets his first win over Janko Tipsarevic since 2011 when the pair clash for the eighth time in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships quarter-finals in Houston on Friday.

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