Easy for Querrey in LA
American books last eight spot
Last Updated: July 26, 2012 8:59am
Sam Querrey: Eased into the last eight at UCLA
Former champion Sam Querrey eased into the quarter-finals of the Farmers Classic in LA with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Igor Sijsling.
The American missed last year's event at the UCLA campus facility through injury but won the two previous titles and quickly adapted to familiar surroundings.
"I feel like I'm getting back to where I was a year and a half ago. This was a great start to the week for me."
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The rapid-fire victory took just 50 minutes and was his 11th overall at the tournament against just two losses.
Querrey broke his opponent five times and blasted seven aces. He jumped all over Sijsling in a first set lasting less than half an hour and added two more breaks in the second set to complete the rout.
"I feel great, I wasn't here a year ago but everything is 100 percent now," said the 24-year-old. "I've been feeling great on the practice court and I'm playing well.
"I feel like I'm getting back to where I was a year and a half ago. This was a great start to the week for me.
"I have my confidence back and I'm having a great time. I'm looking forward to a good summer on the hardcourts."
Third seed Leonardo Mayer will join Querrey in the last eight after Italian opponent Flavio Cipolla quit with a neck injury with the score 6-0 4-0.
He will face a much stiffer test in the quarter-finals against American Rajeev Ram, a comprehensive winner against Chile's Paul Capdeville 6-3 6-1 in 64 minutes, firing ten aces and breaking four times.
"I just tried to get as many balls back as I could," said Ram, who will be playing his second quarter-final in three weeks after a solid week on grass this month in Newport.
"I also served well. It's important to win consecutive matches, that's what the top guys do. I've struggled in the past putting back-to-back wins together. This was an important step for me."