STANFORD, Calif.- Junior Bradley Klahn gave 20th-seeded Sam Querrey a scare before dropping a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision on Wednesday morning during the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open.
Klahn, who received a wild card entry into the main draw after winning this year's NCAA Singles title, challenged Querrey for the majority of the match before a series of cramps affected his performance late in the contest. Overall, the match proved to be a great experience for the 20-year-old Klahn, who earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles this year after being named the ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Playing in the first match of the day at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Querrey took the first set 6-3 before Klahn rebounded for a 6-4 victory to even the match at 1-1. Both players held their serve in the third set until Querrey finally broke Klahn in the final game to take the set 7-5.
Facing deficits of 4-1 and 5-2 in the fourth set, Klahn eventually sliced Querrey's lead to 5-4 before dropping the final game in a valiant effort.
Querrey held a 19-6 advantage in service aces, although Klahn owned a better first serve percentage (69 percent compared to Querrey's 50 percent). Klahn tallied 38 winners while Querrey finished with 33. But Klahn was victimized by 53 unforced errors compared to Querrey's 36.
"My mom has always stressed that academics come first and going four sets with Sam makes it tempting but I'm pretty sure I'm coming back," said Klahn after the match. "A Stanford degree goes a long way and it's nice to have a backup plan. It'd be tough for me to leave school now. I'm having too much fun. But the ultimate goal is to become a professional tennis player."