Querrey leads feelgood factor in American tennis

Sun Jul 3, 2016 2:26pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States will have six players in the men's and women's singles fourth round on Independence Day on Monday -- the nation's best showing at Wimbledon for 12 years.

Sam Querrey, whose stunning defeat of defending champion Novak Djokovic reverberated around the world, will be joined by pal Steve Johnson in the men's last 16.

Champion and world number one Serena Williams leads the charge in the women's draw, where she will be joined by older sister Venus, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys.

Sloane Stephens and John Isner narrowly missed out on joining them after losing marathon third-round matches on Sunday but the mood in the American camp is buoyant.

"Well, it's not dead, and I'm really happy that we're having positive conversations about it for once," ninth seed Keys, who faces Simona Halep on Monday, told reporters.

Things reached a low point in 2014 when not a single American reached the fourth round of the singles.

While Serena, who plays Stephens's conqueror Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday, has ensured a procession of grand slam silverware over the past decade, no American man has won a major since Andy Roddick landed the U.S. Open in 2003.

That was the same year Andre Agassi won the last of his eight grand slam titles in Australia.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 3/7/16 USA's Sam Querrey during a practice session REUTERS/Paul Childs