Former Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey booked his spot in the second round of this year’s Championships with an upset over recent French Open finalist and fifth-seed Dominic Thiem, downing the Austrian 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-0.
Querrey, who reached the final four at this tournament two years ago, fired 53 winners overall, and committed just one unforced error in a dominant fourth set to move through in just under two and a half hours.
Up next for the 31-year-old American is Russian Andrey Rublev.
Querrey led the charge in what was a very successful day in London for Americans on both the men’s and women’s side. Ninth-seed John Isner, Steve Johnson, Tennys Sandgren and Taylor Fritz all advanced as well.
Early on in the day, top-ranked Sloane Stephens cruised past Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-2, converting on five of her seven break point chances to advance in just over an hour.
“Obviously playing Timea is always tricky because she plays a lot of slices and it’s the kind of stuff that works well on the grass,” said Stephens. “I just stuck with the game plan. I thought I played well from start to finish.”
Stephens plays China’s Yafan Wang next.
Serena Williams hung on to beat Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-2, 7-5 to join Stephens in the second round, along with Lauren Davis, Amanda Anisimova and Taylor Townsend who all won their respective first-round matches.
After coming through qualifying, Long Island native Noah Rubin won the first set before Great Britain’s Jay Clarke came back to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.