Querrey advances to second round in Memphis

Sam Querrey advanced to the second round of the Regions Morgan

Keegan Championships with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Alejandro

Falla of Colombia on Tuesday.

Querrey underwent right elbow surgery in June and won for only

the second time this year in five matches. The American’s world

ranking has dropped to 99th after peaking at No. 17 in January


”I feel pretty close,” Querrey said of returning to match

shape. ”I’m missing more forehands than I usually do, but I’m just

committed to stepping up and hitting it. More and more are falling

(in) every day.”

In other men’s first-round matches, James Blake, participating

in his first ATP Tour match since encountering knee problems late

last fall, dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to fellow American Ryan


In a late match, top-seed John Isner, ranked a career-best No.

13 in the world, plays in the opening round against Gilles Muller.

No. 2 seed Andy Roddick opens defense of his Memphis title

Wednesday night.

Querrey’s first-round victory added to his history of success in

Memphis. He improved to 13-4 overall. He has advanced to at least

the quarterfinals four of the past five times in Memphis.

Querrey survived falling behind a break in the third set and won

with an ace, his 12th, on match point.

In the Memphis International, the accompanying Women’s Tennis

Association event, No. 2 seed and Russian-born Ksenia Pervak

defeated Canada’s Rebecca Marino, a finalist in last year’s

tournament, 6-2, 6-4, in first-round play.

Unseeded Varvara Lepchenko, who became a U.S. citizen in

September, upset No. 7 seed Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 6-2, 6-4, to

move into the third round along with No. 5 Pauline Parmentier of

France. Parmentier defeated Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech

Republic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.