Sam Querrey was forced to skip the entire European clay swing due to an abdominal injury, not playing since Houston where he reached the semi-final, the second of the season after New York. With 20 ATP wins under his belt in the last 12 months, Sam had to fall through the rankings, barely staying in the top-80 for the worst position since April 2014, making a return at this week's ATP 250 event in Eastbourne.
In the opening match, Querrey defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 25 minutes, beating the Kazakh player for the first time since 2011. Firing 15 aces, Querrey played against four break points and lost serve twice, overcoming a deficit in the first set to claim it with breaks in games four and eight, controlling the pace in set number two as well before suffering a break in the tenth game while serving for the victory.
Staying focused, Sam grabbed the tie break 7-4 to prevail and celebrate the tenth win in 2019. The American was happy with the way he performed after a long pause, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the week and also at Wimbledon that starts in five days.
"It was my first match in almost three months and it just felt good to be out there. I played well, had the opportunity to close the match on own serve before suffering a break and finished the deal in the breaker. I was injured for a couple of months but my body feels good at the moment, I'm excited and ready to go.
Kukushkin plays low balls and I had to slice a lot and stay extra low, I hope I can win some matches this week and carry that momentum to Wimbledon. I have been to Eastbourne four times, the tournament is always getting better and both the court and crowd are great. I'm here for tennis only and it is a good week for me."