The dark clouds that have hung over U.S. men's tennis for a while now lifted just a bit Thursday. Think of it mostly as the sun peeking through.
The highest-ranked U.S. male, big-serving, 6-foot-9
Those rated between Isner and Querrey —
That meant that three U.S. men, including Tim Smyczek, had survived through Thursday. Smyczek won't play his second round until Friday.
The good news for U.S. fans was that Isner and Querrey's victories demonstrate that the two most-veteran and proven members of a floundering ship are now playing well at the same time. Winning was one thing, doing so in straight sets another.
The bad news is that Isner will next play seeded
Isner was thinking positive on behalf of his friend.
"You know, the way he [Querrey] played today … that's the way he played when he was in he top 20. He certainly has it in him, and it's great seeing him play well… If he can play like that [against Djokovic], it will be a good match."
Querrey said this was the best he has played all year, and struggled with reasons for his recent fall-off.
"I don't know," he said. "I can't put my finger on it. I'm not really sure.
"Health-wise, I'm 100% and feeling great. I have the whole year."
Querrey hit 30 aces in his first-round victory and 16 more against Garcia-Lopez.
The U.S. women, with the ever-present edge of the Williams sisters, still have four players in the running, including Venus and
One of the U.S. women eliminated was
Two of the top male players got through with ease. Djokovic beat