Querrey wins Los Cabos
for second title of 2017
Sally Milano | August 4, 2017
Sam Querrey captured his second title of 2017 – and his second of the year in Mexico – Saturday night, defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the final of the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis MIFEL in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Querrey, who defeated Rafael Nadal to claim the Acapulco championship in March, picked up his 10th career singles title with his win in Los Cabos. The victory comes in his first tournament since stunning world No. 1 Andy Murray to reach the Wimbledon semifinals last month.
“It’s really exciting to win here. I felt like I played really well," Querrey told atpworldtour.com following his win. "This tournament only keeps getting better, so I’m already excited to come back next year. I think the last couple of months have been the best I’ve played, and if I can keep this going the rest of the year, it’ll be my best year on tour yet.
After a bye in the first round, the No. 2 seed's run to the title included a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win over fellow American Evan King in the second round, a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Frenchman Vincent Millot in the quarterfinals and a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win against big-serving Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the semifinals, before taking out Kokkinakis in the three-set final.
Kokkinakis, 21, was playing in his first career ATP final in Los Cabos and just his fourth tournament of the year, having been sidelined with injuries for 18 months before returning to competition in May. The Aussie defeated top-seeded Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, to reach the final.
Querrey improved to 2-0 career against Kokkinakis. The American won their other previous meeting, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open in 2015.
The 29-year-old Californian, projected to re-enter the Top 20 for the first time in four years when the new rankings are released Monday, next heads to Montreal, where he will compete in the Rogers Cup.