Big-serving Sam Querrey full of confidence

00:20, Jan 10 2013
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Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
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Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
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A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
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Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.
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Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
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Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
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Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
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David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
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Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
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Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
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Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
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Australian Greg Jones receives medical attention during his qualifying match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one.
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Martin Kilzan, Slovakia, plays a backhand during his first round match against Belgian Xavier Malisse on day one.
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Greg Jones of Australia serves in his qualifying match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one.
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The artwork on the left leg of the Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol as he walks back to his chair during his match against Benjamin Becker of Germany on day one.
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Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
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Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
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Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
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Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
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Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
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Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
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Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
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Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
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Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
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Tommy Haas was in blistering form in during his win over Igor Sijsling.
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David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
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Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
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Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
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Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
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Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
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David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
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David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
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David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
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There's only one way to chop Sam Querrey down to size and halt his quest to win the Heineken Open - counter his sizzling serve.

After his impressive straight sets win over last year's finalist Olivier Rochus, which took just one hour, the 1.98m Querrey declared, on the back of 18 booming aces, he can take out this year's tournament.

"Definitely, yeah. I'd like to think so," the 25-year-old said.

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BIG SERVE: Sam Querrey in action during this year's Heineken Open.

Querrey has cause for confidence here. He enjoys the unique, intimate atmosphere captured by court-side corporate tables and has been close in Auckland before, losing the 2009 final to former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

This time, the fourth seed reckons he can go one better.  

"I feel like I'm playing well. If I keep serving well and keep hitting my forehand great I feel like I'm a tough guy to beat," he said. 

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"My goal is to win it but I've got to take it one match at a time."

The world No 22 didn't stop there. Cleary, this American doesn't lack self-belief.

"This year I want to crack the top 10," he said. "I feel like this first half of the year is a good chance for me to do it. I want to make the quarter-finals of the Grand Slams."

To claim his eighth singles title, Querrey will have to improve his record against top ranked opponents. Three-time defending champion David Ferrer, the world No 5, is favoured to again contest the final. 

And Querrey's 11 win-35 loss ratio against world's top 10 players isn't flash.

But the second ranked American - behind John Isner - is no slouch, having been among the top 25 for three of the last four years.

This week, his path seemingly leads to a semifinal with German world No 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber, although today Canadian qualifier Jesse Levine, who destroyed Kiwi Dan King-Turner and American Brian Baker in straight sets, might have something to say about that prediction.  

Left-handed Levine is familiar with Querrey's powerful approach and will realise the need to shut down his serve.

"It gives me a ton of confidence. I think I had 18 aces today. It's just nice to know that if I need one on a big point I feel I can make it in," Querrey said.

"It gives me a sense in my mind that even if I'm not playing very well my serve can hopefully get me through some matches."

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