The last American standing at the Sony Open has fallen.
World No. 20 Sam Querrey, who jumped ahead of the now-No. 23 John Isner last week, was dominated by sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych, 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday.
The match lasted only 50 minutes.
Querrey’s defeat marks the first time since the tournament began in 1985 that there will be no American in the men’s quarterfinals. Nonetheless, it was his best overall tournament in Key Biscayne in eight appearances.
That didn’t seem to make him feel much better.
“Just one of those awful days,’’ he said. “I missed routine forehand after routine forehand. The more you miss, the harder it gets to get the ball in. It just kept getting worse. I want to put it behind me and move on to Davis Cup.’’
Querrey was asked how he felt about being the last American man in the tournament.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed,’’ he said. “…We get ripped a lot for not having a lot of guys in the top 20 and top 10. But, you know, we won our first-round Davis Cup. Hopefully, I think we’re going to win in Boise. I think we have a good enough team.’’
MURRAY MARCHES ON
Third-ranked Andy Murray defeated No. 16 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-2, 6-4 and said that “probably four or five points into the second set’’ his “right sort of hip, quad, like the top of my right leg, was sore for a few games. Felt like something just caught a little bit.
“But it was fine from 2-1 for him in the second. I felt OK. ... Yeah, probably just did an awkward movement at one stage.’’
Murray, who spends most his time training in South Florida, said he practices on Stadium Court at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park “all the time.
“I would say that here is the court I feel most comfortable on.’’
Day and night
World No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain still has not played during a night session this year at Sony. His Wednesday quarterfinal against Jurgen Melzer of Austria is set for 3 p.m.
“It’s different [to] play in the morning than at night,’’ he said, “but I don’t care. If I will have to play at night, it’s good.’’