"Bravo!", you could hear the crowd yelling with joy as American Sam Querrey captured his first Mexican title in Acapulco this 2017 season. It came as a total surprise to him too because he would never have predicted the win, but it was a sweet victory also winning over a top player as Rafael Nadal in straight sets of 6-3, 7-6.
This was the first win also for Querrey over Nadal from the five times they met in his career so far. But the American had to give it his 'A' game to beat the Spaniard and clocked off some 19 aces to overpower the 14-Grand Slam iconic player.
As Querrey came into the Mexican Open even in March he faced heavy competition as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Goffin, Jack Sock and so many other, but he kept his focused, displayed great strategy and one by one overpowered and out blasted all of them.
He had to go through David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and then Nadal to display excellent tactics to come up a winner and he did it supremely. But the beginning of the year wasn't punctuated by such powers as at Brisbane he suffered a first-round loss at the hands of the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.
The Grand Slams weren't the great for Querrey either as he bowed at the third round by Andy Murray. Roland Garros he rolled out of the opening round by South Korean Hyeon Chung. But as the tour picked up in momentum, he did fairly well at Wimbledon getting past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray but went down as in the semifinals as Marin Cilic captivated the American in 4 tough sets.
The US Open, Querrey downed Gilles Simon and Mischa Zverev but ended his run in the quarterfinals to the South African Kevin Anderson in 4 tense sets. Maybe it was Querrey's dramatic win over Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Los Cabos Open in August that took the steam out of him to go the distance at the US Open, but it was a glorious three sets and great powerful serving of 15 aces that he beat the comeback Australian 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to reign and capture the Mexican title.
The rest of the season had its ups and downs but Querrey became proficient in at least claiming victories over top ranks as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, the NextGen Frances Tiafoe and as well as the Australian Jordan Thompson not including Rafa Nadal which he overtook at the Mexican Open.
Sam Querrey ranked in the top 20 going into this new 2108 season should carry his strategies and tactics into the upcoming tour to not only defend his two Mexican titles but to capture more titles and the future is looking bright for him to get more victories, be it grand slams or not.