Canadians know a thing or two about breakthroughs in 2019, eh?
Following in the footsteps of compatriot Bianca Andreescu, who last month reached her first tour-level final in a stunning run at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, Brayden Schnur has now done the same, knocking out American veteran and former World No. 11 Sam Querrey to earn a place in the New York Open final.
We were too excited and couldn’t even get the score right. 6-3* in the final set 💪
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) February 16, 2019
Having not won a single match at the ATP level prior to this week, Schnur has powered his way through the draw using the big-man tennis of aces, short points and put-aways at the net that, perhaps fittingly, American tennis fans attending the Long Island-based event would be accustomed to.
It was no different in the semi-finals, as Schnur struck 12 aces and won an impressive 79% of first serves against Querrey. Clutch serving in the first set was particularly important, as the Pickering native staved off five break points en route to claiming it in a close tiebreaker.
— New York Open (@NewYorkOpen) February 16, 2019
Although he would drop the second set, the third set got off to a perfect start for Schnur, who broke in Querrey’s first service game of the set and never relinquished control of the match from there. After just under two hours, the Canadian No. 4, who will rise to just outside the Top 100 in the world, was a 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3 victor.
Oh, and an ATP Tour finalist.
(Photo: New York Open)