ATP Eastbourne: Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey set all-American final meeting


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ATP Eastbourne: Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey set all-American final meeting

An American player will head to Wimbledon from Eastbourne with an ATP title, with Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey setting the final clash. The younger American is through to the second ATP title match after Memphis 2016, defeating Kyle Edmund 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 30 minutes, fending off five set points in the opening set!

Kyle had many chances to at least win a set and prolong the encounter, creating seven break points and wasting them all, falling on the only break chance offered to Taylor to end his run in the semi-final. Nothing could have separated them in the first 11 games, with great serving on both sides before a forehand error from Fritz that gave Edmund a set point in the 12th game.

The American saved it with a powerful serve, setting up a tie break where the Briton earned four more set points at 6-3 and 7-6. It wasn't to be for him, though, squandering them all and allowing Taylor to prevail 10-8 when his forehand landed long.

Carried by this momentum, the younger player repelled five break points in games one and three of set number two, breaking Kyle in the game between to forge the lead with a nice hold at 5-3 to move into the final. Competing for the first time since Houston, Sam Querrey has delivered some great tennis this week to book the spot in the 19th ATP final, the first since New York last year after a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 triumph over a qualifier Thomas Fabbiano in an hour and 46 minutes.

Blasting 33 aces, Sam fended off both break points he faced, losing set number two in the tie break and recovering in the decider to march into the final, earning one break in sets one and three for an important result after spending two months off the court.

The American delivered fury from the initial shot in the opener, dropping two points and breaking Fabbiano at love in game six before closing the set with three winners in game nine. The Italian saved three break points in set number two to reach the tie break that he won 7-4, setting up a decider where Sam restored the order despite having to play against two break points.

He stole Fabbiano's serve in the second game and erased a break point at 5-3, converting the fourth match point when Thomas' forehand landed long to celebrate the spot in the title match against the younger compatriot.