"I think the last couple of months have been the best I've played...", Sam Querrey had said to tennisnow.com but it was his 10th career title that he won and in Los Cabos made his second in Mexico this year, a country that seems lucky for him at playing well and racking up titles.
Querrey might have had an edge on the coming-back-from-injury Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis even though he was playing good, Querrey was really playing to perfection. He had a very successful Wimbledon run last month as he got to the semifinals by beating out Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Andy Murray and before this event in Mexico, he won the Mexican Open early in the year defeating Rafael Nadal.
The ability to always amaze and excite with unexpected strokes is at times hidden on Querrey's racket as to what shots he can execute as winners. But the likes of the NextGen Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis can't be taken lightly either.
He started his preence on the ATP tour in 2013 when he received a wildcard for the 2013 Australian Open Juniors event but lost to Nick Kyrgios. He turned pro the same year and landed in the US Open Boys' Singles Final losing in 3 sets to Croatia's Borna Coric.
But he felt thrusted into tennis world and knew he could do well in the men's division and stoppedd playing in the junior sector. The following year, 2014 he began with the Brisbane International, getting a wildcard intot he Australian Open.
By 2015 he had his feet grounded in the ATP men's tour and received a wildcard for the Australian Open again, but Kokkinakis wasn't without his physical tennis weapons on the court or gossip and scandal as Kyrgios broke his silence on his comrade having relations with another player's girl.
Kokkinakis also had a dispute with American Ryan Harrison which eventually 'smoothed over'. Last year, 2016 the NextGen guy started feeling the effects of constant playing and had ongoing shoulder injuries. He missed the 2016 French and Wimbledon Championships, but might have came back too soon to the 2016 Rio Olympics, losig in the opening round.
Right afterwards he had to withdraw from the US Open citing a pylled chest muscle as the injury. This 2017 season he came back doing the Brisbane International and winning the doubles with Jordan Thompson to defeat Gilles Muller and oddly enough Sam Querrey.
Kokkinakis developed more nagging inuuries in June, a few months ago but managed to defeat Mikhail Youzhny in the Netherlands and Milos Raonic at theQueen's Club. When he received a wildcard for Los Cabos, he never though he'd be quite successful and had victories over his NextGen comrade Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz.
Top ranked Tomas Berdych was his next opponent who he also defeated, leaving the crowd at Los Cabos excited as to what this 21-year-old would do by getting into the final. Sam Querrey was definitely not to be excluded for a chance at winning because he brought his confidence and consistency to Los Cabos, also his luck that he previously had on Mexican soil.
He smashed down over a dozen aces to Kokkinakis and plyed superb as he knew his way around strategies to perform acute cross courts, slices and driving his younger opponent back to the baseline wo win his second Mexican title of the year.
Querrey felt comfortable there and says "It's really exciting to win here...I felt like I played really well. This tournament ony keeps getting better, so I'm already excited to come back next year". Who's to tell what is next to come for Sam Querrey who should reach the top 20 for the first time in a few years.
But Querrey is bound for victories as he had reassuringly said "...If I can keep this going the rest of the year, it'll be my best year on tour yet".