Querrey beats Johnson at Atlanta Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Sam Querrey beat hometown buddy Steve Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-5 to open the BB&T Atlanta Open on Monday.

Fellow American Donald Young lost in straight sets to Israel's Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0. You ng lives about 1,000 yards from the court.

The top five-ranked American men are in the BB&T field.

Defending champion John Isner (ranked No. 12 in the world) had a bye Monday as the No. 1 seed, and No. 72 Jack Sock also had the day off.

Querrey, ranked No. 61, is the second-highest ranked American, ahead of Johnson (64). He and Johnson, who both grew up in Los Angeles, will team up in doubles to play Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic.

Monday was their first match as professionals, and Querrey won with 20 aces. In the first set, 68 percent of his first serves were in and he won 23 of those 24 points.

Querrey added the only service break in the second set to finish his pal. He has won seven ATP World Tour tournament titles since turning pro in 2006. Johnson is seeking his first championship.

"(The deco-turf hard court) suits my game. It takes a kick serve and rewards you with spin and jump, and rewards you with a fast serve and a slice," Querrey said. "It's not fun playing one of my best friends."

Where Querrey was comfortable squaring off against a familiar foe, Young was uneasy playing close to home. He lives in Midtown Atlanta.

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