No US male in quarterfinals at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Sam Querrey has lost his fourth-round match at the Sony Open, and for the first time the tournament will have no American in the men's quarterfinals.
Querrey, playing his first tournament as the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, lost to Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1 in 50 minutes Tuesday.
The U.S. shutout in the final eight is the latest sign of declining American tennis fortunes. Last year no American man reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and the situation wasn't helped by the retirement of Andy Roddick, whose 2003 U.S. Open championship is the most recent major title by a U.S. male.
Querrey came into tournament ranked second on the tour in aces this year, but he had only four against Berdych, and made only 39 percent of his first serves.