|Champion Sam Querrey, left, poses with runner-up Stefan Kozlov, right, and|
tournament director Brian Martinez after the final of the 2014 Sacramento
Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
After three straight first-round losses, the 28-year-old San Francisco native reached the semifinals in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, to improve five spots to No. 32 in the world.
The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey is working his way back toward his career high of No. 17 in 2011. He began the year at No. 59.
Querrey lost to eventual champion Nicolas Mahut of France 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in s-Hertogenbosch after defeating 18-year-old American Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
After Querrey beat Kozlov 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the hardcourt Sacramento Challenger in 2014, Querrey predicted that the young upstart eventually would reach the top 10 in the world. Ranked No. 763 entering Sacramento, Kozlov is now No. 177.
Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):