Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey's late-night show at the U.S. Open is a hit, despite loss to Kevin Anderson

Sam Querrey's late-night show at the U.S. Open is a hit, despite loss to Kevin Anderson

Tennis fans in the city that never sleeps put on a good show late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning when Santa Monica’s Sam Querrey faced Kevin Anderson of South Africa in a men’s quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open.

The fourth set alone took an hour and three minutes to play and it ended at 1:51 a.m., a battle of big hitters that was watched by a small but devoted crowd. Anderson, seeded 28th, became the first South African to advance to the U.S. Open men’s semifinals when he prevailed 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 6-3, 7-6(7), but Querrey later marveled at the surreal nature of the atmosphere.

“It’s fun. I mean, it’s so late,” Querrey said. “I know it’s tough for people to stay, but...

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