|Sam Querrey, shown at Indian Wells in March, rallied to|
beat second-ranked Novak Djokovic in Paris after losing
the first eight games. Photo by Paul Bauman
He did a bit better than that, pulling off the biggest victory of his career.
Querrey, a 25-year-old San Francisco native and part-time member of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis this season, lost the first eight games to second-ranked Novak Djokovic but recovered to win 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
It was Querrey's first victory over a top-10 player in 12 months. He defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, then ranked eighth, in the second round at Valencia.
Querrey, who fell to No. 125 in September last year after undergoing surgery for bone spurs in his right elbow, has fought back to No. 23. He's threatening to surpass his career high of No. 17 in January last year.
Three years ago, Querrey suffered a season-ending right forearm injury when he sat on a glass table at a tournament in Bangkok to tie his shoes and the table shattered. A deep cut narrowly missed damaging nerves, which could have ended his career.
Djokovic, the 2009 Paris champion, blitzed Querrey in 20 minutes in the opening set and bolted to a 2-0 lead in the second set.
“It was a little embarrassing," Querrey told atpworldtour.com. "I walked over to where Casey, my physio/chiropractor sits with my girlfriend and Casey's wife, and I said, ‘I hope I can get two games in this set.’
“Once I got the two games, I kind of settled down. I was like, ‘OK, that's all I want.’ But then I got rolling and got more confidence and started serving better and being a little more aggressive.”
Querrey pounded 18 aces in the match and saved six of 10 break points.
"Sam played very well, served very well," said Djokovic, who entered Court Central wearing a Darth Vader mask on Halloween.
Querrey, 6-foot-6, will face 14th-seeded Milos Raonic, a 6-foot-5 Canadian, on Thursday at about 5:30 p.m. Paris time (9:30 a.m. in California) on Tennis Channel. The 21-year-old Raonic, who will seek his third straight SAP Open title in San Jose in February, defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Querrey beat Raonic 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon this year in their only career meeting.
Friday -- Paris (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 6-10 a.m. (live), 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (live), 4 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
Saturday -- Paris (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 6:30-11:30 a.m. (live), 3:30-8:30 p.m. (repeat). Fed Cup final, Serbia at Czech Republic, opening singles matches, Tennis Channel, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (delay). Sofia Tournament of Champions (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 8:30-11:30 p.m. (delay).
Sunday -- Paris (men), final, Tennis Channel, 6-8:30 a.m. (live), 2:30-5 p.m. (repeat), 6-8:30 p.m. (repeat). Fed Cup final, Serbia at Czech Republic, reverse singles matches and one doubles match, Tennis Channel, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (delay). Sofia Tournament of Champions (women), final, 8:30-10:30 p.m. (delay).
Nov. 5-12 -- ATP World Tour Finals (top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams of 2012), London, www.atpworldtour.com/Finals/2012.aspx. 2011 champions: Roger Federer, Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor.
Nov. 11 -- Sacramento Clay Court League final, noon, 8582 Westin Lane, Orangevale, Calif., 95662, www.sacramentoclaycourtleague.com.
Nov. 16 -- BILT Champions Showdown (Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe), 7:30 p.m., HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif., www.PowerSharesSeries.com.
Nov. 16-18 -- Davis Cup Final, Spain at Czech Republic, www.daviscup.com. 2011 champion: Spain.
Jan. 14-27, 2013 -- AUSTRALIAN OPEN, www.australianopen.org. 2012 champions: Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek, Svetlana Kuznetsova-Vera Zvonareva.
Jan. 15 -- Sacramento State men at Stanford in spring season opener for both teams, 1:30 p.m, www.hornetsports.com, www.gostanford.com.
Jan. 18 -- Stanford women open spring season at Freeman Invitational in Las Vegas and at NCTC Classic in Indian Wells, Calif., times TBA, www.gostanford.com. UC Davis women open spring season vs. Northern Arizona in Tempe, Ariz., 1 p.m., www.ucdavisaggies.com.
Jan. 19 -- UC Davis men at Santa Clara in spring season opener for both teams, 10 a.m., www.ucdavisaggies.com, www.santaclarabroncos.com.
Feb. 1 -- Sacramento State women open spring season at Arizona, 12:30 p.m., www.hornetsports.com.
Feb. 1-3, 2013 -- Davis Cup, first round, Brazil at United States, www.daviscup.com.
Feb. 9-10, 2013 -- Fed Cup, first round, United States at Italy, www.fedcup.com.
Feb. 11-17, 2013 -- SAP Open, HP Pavilion in San Jose, www.sapopentennis.com. 2012 champions: Milos Raonic, Mark Knowles-Xavier Malisse.
March 4-17, 2013 -- BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif., www.bnpparibasopen.com. 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Marc Lopez-Rafael Nadal, Liezel Huber-Lisa Raymond.
April 26-28 -- Big Sky Conference men's and women's tournament, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.bigskyconf.com.
Nick Andrews, Cal All-American in 2012, resident of Folsom in the Sacramento area -- Career-high No. 1,067 in doubles (+2), No. 1,445 in singles (-4).
Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
Mardy Fish, Capitals (2012) -- No. 26 in singles (no change), No. 723 in doubles (+1).
John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 108 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
Artem Ilyushin, resident of Granite Bay in the Sacramento area -- No. 910 in singles (-1), No. 1,209 in doubles (-6).
Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 291 in singles (+1), No. 773 in doubles (-5).
Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 129 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
Alex Kuznetsov, Capitals (2012) -- No. 217 in singles (+12), No. 342 in doubles (+12).
Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 27 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 23 in singles (no change), No. 47 in doubles (no change).
Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 148 in singles (-2), unranked in doubles.
Ryan Thacher, 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 781 in doubles (-4), 1,211 in singles (-7).
Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 124 in singles (-5), No. 231 in doubles (-3).
Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 609 in singles (-1), No. 650 in doubles (-6).
Vania King, Capitals (2010-12) -- No. 22 in doubles (no change), No. 70 in singles (-1).
Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 13 in doubles (no change), No. 1,114 in singles (+6).
Asia Muhammad, Capitals (2012) -- No. 167 in doubles (+1), No. 470 in singles (no change).
Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 109 in doubles (-1), No. 149 in singles (+2).
Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 525 in singles (-7), No. 1,119 in doubles (+3).
CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 93 in singles (-2), No. 488 in doubles (-2).