Delray Beach - Sam Querrey captured his
first ATP title since 2012 on Sunday, defeating Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) in an
all-American final at the Delray Beach Open.
Querrey won six of the last seven points in
the tie-breaker, taking the match after 85 minutes with a running forehand
winner that barely caught the backline and withstood a replay challenge.
It was the eighth career title for
61st-ranked Querrey, but his first since Los Angeles in 2012. He had not
reached a final since last year at Nottingham.
Querrey had failed to advance past the
second round of any tournament since last July until reaching last week's
"It's nice to be back and feel
great," Querrey said. "It's really exciting."
Ram sent a forehand long to surrender a
break and the opening set after only 34 minutes. Ram went up an early break in
the second set, but Querrey hit a backhand winner down the line to break back
to level at 2-2 and they battled into the tie-breaker.
Ram seized a 5-2 lead but Querrey followed
with a service winner and ace, then levelled when Ram hit a forehand wide only
to have Ram reach set point with a backhand volley.
Querrey responded with a second-serve ace
that survived a challenge, then swatted a forehand winner to reach match point
and made his final swing a trophy taker.
"He had a great week," Ram said.
"To come out in February and win a title already is really
Ram, ranked 89th, is set to surpass his
career-high 78th spot on Monday. He failed in a bid for his third career crown
after winning on the Newport grass in 2009 and last year in his only other ATP
Ram, 31, beat Querrey, 28, in that 2009
Newport final in their first ATP meeting, but has lost their four encounters