Sam Querrey is in his first ATP final in two years after he defeated Rajeev Ram 6-3, 7-6(4) in the semifinals of Los Angeles.
Much like his opponent in the final on Sunday, Sam has been struggling with injuries for the past few years. Although he was able to rebound right after his freak accident in Bangkok in 2009—won 4 title in 2010, his right arm has had several issues since. In March of 2011, he was forced out of USA’s Davis Cup tie against Chile with a right shoulder (rotator cuff) injury. He was able to play a full spring schedule but then suffered right elbow issues that required surgery in the summer. Sam was sidelined for 3 months and had to miss Wimbledon and the US Open. This caused his ranking to plummet from No. 26 to outside the Top 100. When he came back after his latest health scare, he spent a good part of it in the challengers circuit trying to gain back points and, more importantly, confidence.
This year has been a lot better for the California native. First of all, he has good health. Second, he’s finding success again on the ATP Tour. He reached the Wimbledon 3rd round, was a quarterfinalist in Memphis and a semifinalist at Queen’s Club. Sam has a chance to make this year even better as he’s heavily favored to win the title in LA against first-time finalist Ricardas Berankis. He’s going for 3 in a row at his home tournament; he won the title back-to-back in 2009-2010 but missed it last year due to the elbow injury.
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