Houston ATP 250 tournament presents as a first round all American matchup between Bjorn Fratangelo and Sam Querrey. We’re in for a really exciting match. Both talented players will play in a serious confrontation. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Bjorn Fratangelo once a promising youngster who won junior French Open is already 25 now hasn’t really lived up to the expectations. Funny fact about his name which is let’s say unusual for an American. Bjorn’s dad was a big fan of the great Swede Bjorn Borg and named his son after him. Last season didn’t go as planned for Fratangelo as he mostly played on hard though his preferred surface is clay. This year he opens his clay season on home soil in Houston. Bjorn’s previous couple of tournaments ended up in subpar performances.
Fratangelo’s best weapon is his backhand. Which is unusual for Americans. Has a reliable first serve and builds his points from the baseline rarely coming to the net as he’s not the tallest of players. The game style suits slower surfaces.
Sam Querrey could be called a veteran already. Has had a pretty successful career. 2017 was the year of his life where he won two ATP titles and got to a 1/2 of Wimbledon beating Novak Djokovic along the way and reached 1/4 in Us Open the same year. Sam’s experiencing a very average season this year though. 6 wins and 6 losses this season speak for themselves. Though Sam doesn’t play much on clay he does enjoy playing in Houston where conditions are a bit faster and do suit his game more.
Sam’s born to play on fast surfaces. A tall guy with a huge serve and even bigger forehand. His forehand technique is remarkable as Querrey almost hits it like a baseball bat. His racket head speed is very fast and loose which allows him not only hit massive groundstrokes but also put loads of topspin on the ball. It’s somewhat similar to Jack Sock’s forehand. Sam can struggle with his backhand which did improve through the years but likes to run around it and hit forehands instead. Likes to go at the net where he’s good at and is difficult to pass because of his height.
Players have previously met twice and split one win each. In a match on clay Fratangelo came up on top in a deciding set.
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