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Top seed Querrey crashes out of Hall of Fame

American top seed Sam Querrey was sent crashing out in the second round of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Wednesday.



Newport: American top seed Sam Querrey was sent crashing out in the second round of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

Querrey`s loss extended the number one seed`s run of never winning the title in the 34 years of the tournament.

Querrey, ranked 19th entering the week, was beaten by Jamaican Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-3 in 47 minutes. Querrey has won three events this season.

Brown hammered 14 aces en route to his first victory against a player ranked in the top 20.

"I wasn`t expecting to break him. I knew I was serving well," Brown said. "When I broke him, I just wanted to continue to serve well. Everything just struck together for me. It`s going to take a while to sink in."

The 25-year-old Brown relied on a quick pace and big serve to frustrate Querrey. He has rocketted up the rankings in the past year going from being in the 400s to number 108.

Brown seized control by breaking Querrey to go up 3-2 in the fifth game of the second set, winning with a nifty drop shot from in close.

Both players held serve and Brown led 4-3 at the changeover. He didn`t sit during the break, came back out and closed the eighth game with three consecutive aces.

"Half the time I was walking over to the other side and the ball was in the air for him to serve," Querrey said.

The match ended when Querrey hit a forehand return into the net after Brown moved to match point with a backhand passing shot down the sideline.

Querrey said he had a tough time figuring out Brown.

"He`s a very unorthodox player," Querrey said. "You don`t see that often. Kudos to him."

In other matches, No. 5 seed Mardy Fish advanced to the quater-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Somdev Dewarman in 66 minutes.

Nicolas Mahut, who advanced Tuesday in his first match after losing to John Isner at Wimbledon in the longest match in tennis history, lost to Frank Dancevic, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3. Defending champ Rajeev Ram was ousted by Raven Klaasen, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3).
Mahut said he`s going to take a break.

"I have to. I can`t play in this shape. I have to take two weeks off to see how my body heals," he said. "Today my lower back, my foot and my knee were really bothering me. I tried. I tried. I kept fighting. After Wimbledon I got here and was feeling great. I don`t know why."

Number four seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium advanced by beating Ukrainian Sergei Bubka 6-3, 6-3.

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