| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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.
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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.