LAS VEGAS – American Sam Querrey won the Tennis Channel Open for his first ATP title Sunday, rallying to beat former Illini Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a showdown between towering first-time finalists.
The 20-year-old Querrey, coming off a wrist injury that sidelined him early this year, is 6-foot-6 – an inch shorter than the 21-year-old Anderson.
"I started playing better as the match went on," Querrey said. "You have to fight your way through and when you have the opportunities, don't make errors.
"It takes a little time to get into rhythm against a guy who hits it so hard and heavy. He was just bombing it in there."
Querrey broke Anderson's serve for a 5-3 advantage in the second set, and broke again for a 3-2 lead in the third set.
"This was my toughest match of the tournament. He played unbelievable," Querrey said. "I was lucky to get those breaks."
Anderson entered the week ranked No. 175. After qualifying for a spot in the draw and winning four matches, he's expected to be around No. 111 when the rankings are released today. Querrey, currently No. 66, should crack the top 50.
"A point here and there and that match could have been mine," Anderson said. "I feel that I am right there. There is just some stuff I need to work on to further improve."