By John Delong
It took seventh-seeded Sam Querrey a little more than 18 hours to finish off Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open on Tuesday afternoon.
Well, sort of, that is.
Querrey had to come back after rain had halted play on Monday night, but he had no problem coasting into a third-round matchup on Wednesday against ninth-seeded Feliciano Lopez.
The 6-6 Californian had won the first set when play was halted, then picked up right where he left off by breaking Giraldo in the first game of the second set and went on to break again to take total control of the match.
Querrey said he was glad that play was halted when it was on Monday night, and he had no problems coming back the next afternoon.
"I’m sure that has happened to me 10 times before, so it was no big deal," Querrey said. "I wanted to finish the match last night, but Santiago and I agreed if it was still raining at like 10:30, we were going to leave. We didn’t want to stick around all night, so it was just better to leave.
"I just treated it as like a new match today. I went out and warmed up the same way I did yesterday for like 30 minutes, then before the match I did all my ball tosses and exercises and got really warmed up. Then I went out there and treated it like it was 0-0."
For Querrey, it was the continuation of what has been a magnificent summer as he climbs back up the ATP rankings. He is currently ranked No. 28, headed ever closer to his career-high No. 17 before elbow surgery shelved him in 2011.
He won at Los Angeles for the third time in four years, then reached the semifinals at Washington the following week. He reached the third round at Toronto before losing to Novak Djokovic, and was beaten by Andy Murray in the second round at Cincinnati last week.
Querrey said he expected to go far this week.
"I think I can win it," he said. "I’m feeling good. I’ve been playing great this summer. It’s a tough, tough field here. It’s probably one of the tougher 250s this year with John (Isner) and (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga and Andy (Roddick) and the list goes on and on. If I am going to win it, it’s going to be tough, but I try to look at it one match at a time so next up I get Lopez, so I’m going to focus on that."
Querrey credits the addition of chiropractor Dr. Casey Cordial to his team this summer for much of his success. The elbow problems dealt with, he now feels completely healthy again.
"I’m 100 percent," he said. "I’ve got Casey Cordial with me and he’s working with my body every day to make sure everything feels good, and it’s been a huge help. We’ve been working together since Queens, right before Wimbledon, and since then I’ve been playing really well. It just feels good to feel healthy and 100 percent every day."
In other afternoon matches, second-seeded Tomas Berdych beat Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 7-5; fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-1, 6-3; Lopez beat Donald Young 6-2, 6-3; Lukasz Kubot beat 2011 runner-up and eighth seed Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; Jarkko Nieminen beat Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-3; Steve Darcis beat Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-2; Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3; Jurgen Melzer beat Michael McClune 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (10); and David Nalbandian beat 2011 semifinalist Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4.