After last season, his 12th on tour, Querrey accessed his previous 365 days with that very sentiment.
Before last season, Querrey believes if anyone asked if he would win a major before the end of his career, he likely would have said no.
“But now I’m in the mindset that if the draw opens up, I can go far in Slams and win a Grand Slam.
Querrey says he changed his tactics last season, thanks in large part to an earful from his coach, Craig Boynton, after his third-round win against Britain’s Kyle Edmund in Acapulco.
“I won, but I didn’t play aggressively, and I moped around on the court a bit,” Querrey says.
Querrey understood he needed to play more aggressive tennis, even on days when he didn’t feel like it or in moments when the match wasn’t going his way, and he knew he had good results when he did.
“I played the rest of the tournament like that and ended up doing really well,” Querrey said of his championship run.
Sam Querrey reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, at Wimbledon, last season.
Querrey is most at home on hard courts, winning eight of his 10 career titles on the surface, but the furthest he’s advanced in Melbourne is the third round, which he’s done five times including last year, when he lost in straight sets to Andy Murray.
But with Murray absent this season after having hip surgery and Kei Nishikori out with a wrist injury, the draw is already opening up.