Today in Geneva the sixth seed Sam Querrey is going up against qualifier Daniel Altmaier in the first match on Court Central. Sam Querrey is entering this match as the favourite by quite a large margin over Daniel Altmaier.
Sam Querrey hasn’t posted great results recently but he has got a couple of great tournaments runs this year. The most recent of which was when he won the title at the 500 event in Acapulco with a run that included wins over David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal. From then to now he hasn’t had the best time on tour, especially when he’s been playing in front of his home crowd in the United States. He lost second round of Indian Wells to Donald Young and third round of Miami to Roberto Bautista Agut. On the clay, he suffered a second round defeat to Thomaz Bellucci in Houston and a third round loss to Dominic Thiem in Rome. He didn’t play Madrid because a lot of the American men have decided not to play a full clay schedule because they feel that it’s not worth it to play on their worst surface and risk injury. Daniel Altmaier hasn’t played an ATP main draw match this season yet so I don’t have many data points to go on but from the four challengers he has played he didn’t make it through qualifying in four of them and lost in the semifinals of the other. Querrey clearly has been playing better recently and I feel that will play a part on the match in terms of nerve levels.
Sam Querrey has only ever played Geneva once before, which was last year and he suffered a first round defeat to renowned clay courter Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It’s not to bad a loss when you look at external factors but that does mean that Querrey comes into the encounter having never won even a set on site. The same can be said for Daniel Altmaier as he has never played the event before but did have those couple of qualifying matches to get comfortable in Geneva. I don’t think this has much of an affect on the match as neither have experience or results coming from these courts.
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Today will be the first time that Sam Querrey and Daniel Altmaier have ever played against each other in their careers.
I believe that todays match is definitely on Querrey’s racquet because if he’s play reasonably well there’s almost no chance of him losing the match. I don’t think that Querrey will be playing his best but it will certainly be enough to topple the German qualifier. I think there will be quite a few breaks of serve with neither player being able to establish a rhythm in the first set. I think eventually Altmaier will get too tight about taking a set of a high ranked opponent and Querrey will take the set. In the second set I think the American will climb to a 3-0 lead and won’t let it go till he closes out a 7-5, 6-3 win with a stronger serving display in that set. It will also be a good match for Querrey to take some confidence from.