Veterans James Blake and Sam Querrey advanced with victories in Winston-Salem on Monday. Blake frustrated Rhyne Williams for a straight set win while Querrey came from behind to defeat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets.
In the afternoon session, Blake showed flashes of ground stroke and court coverage brilliance that harkened back to days when he was one of the top ranked players. His consistency wore on Williams who fell into a hole early in the first set that he was never able to recover from. In the second set the young American played better and seemed to aggravate Blake by taking so much time in between serving and receiving. The two stayed on serve until Williams received a warning for excessive time. This prompted words with the chair umpire and you could sense that Blake was ready to pounce while Williams stewed. Pounce he did with precision passing shots to break allowing him to serve for the match. Blake closed it out by holding serve and went on to the 6-1, 7-5 win. He will meet Benoit Paire next.
Meanwhile in the night session, Sam Querrey found himself in a hole dropping the first set to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez before turning things around with solid 2nd and 3rd sets. He went on to advance with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. Querrey struggled with his serve on Monday but did fire 9 aces. He awaits the winner of fellow American Mardy Fish and Jarkko Neiminen who were pushed back to Tuesday.