Sam Querrey will play Lu Yen-hsun for the first time since 2012 when they clash in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Sam Querrey v Lu Yen-hsun match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sam Querrey v Lu Yen-hsun Head to Head
Querrey leads the series 3-0, with all three wins coming on hard courts. However, the two players have never faced off since 2012 US Open.
Querrey In Dire Need of Wins
Sam Querrey arrives in Miami occupying his lowest spot in the ATP rankings in exactly two years. This feat has been compounded by a shambolic start to the year in which the American has won two matches at three tournaments.
Querrey’s barren spell of wins even extends to the previous season, in which he battled emotional trauma as a result of breaking Covid protocols in St. Petersburg.
Once ranked as high as no.11 in the world, the big serving Californian ended the previous season on a dampener, losing in four successive matches in the first round. Perhaps the most embarrassing of all coming at the US Open when he lost to an unranked Andrey Kuznetsov.
Without wind in his sails, Querrey is in desperate need of match wins. His still retains the versatility and power on his serve which should come as welcome note. Querrey tends to rack up many free points behind it, but his ground strokes lack the zip and penetration as compared in previous years.
A meeting against another unranked player could be just the platform he needs to launch his second coming.
Lu Enters Miami With Protected Ranking
This is perhaps going to cause quite a stir on social media, but Lu Yen-hsun will play in another big tournament despite having a world ranking of no.1020.
It stems up from the ATP’s decisions and rules regarding protected rankings, given that Lu has not been a regular on the tour for the past three seasons due to shoulder and elbow injuries.
The Taiwanese is going to benefit from this, and is now playing in his fourth prestigious tournament with a protected ranking stretching from the 2020 season. But he hasn’t won a match in that span. In fact his last win came at the Seoul Challenger in 2018 in which he retired hurt in the subsequent round.
Lu remains the most successful Challenger player in tennis history, having garnered more titles at that level than any other player. But now he is 37, at the twilight of his tennis journey, his best days are most certainly behind him
Querrey v Lu Prediction and Tip
Querrey is in terrible form right now, but Lu is just not at the races to compete at this level anymore. It would be the biggest shock of the week if the Taiwanese mastered the American.
Tip: Querrey to win in straight sets: 1/3 (bet365)