by Julie Wrege
Sunday, July 25, 2004
The final match of the USTA Boys' 16 Clay Court Championships was much like the last match played between top seeded Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, CA and 2nd seeded Spencer Vegosen Chicago, IL. In their previous meetings this past year, the matches always went three (3) long sets, and today's final was no excpetion.
Querrey had looked almost untouchable coming into today's final, only being extended to three (3) sets one time in the quarters. And Sam began his run in the championship match with the same confidence, taking the first set 6-3.
But Spencer seemed to get more confident and Querry's first service seemed to all but desert him. Vegosen's returns placed Querrey on the defensive, and often Spencer was able to hit behind him for winners. As Spencer realized that his powerful returns were really unnerving Sam, Spencer went for more powerful shots, and they almost all landed just inside the side lines. This play gave Spencer the championship over his friend and doubles' partner 3-6,6-4,6-3.
With the vistory and championship Spencer was awarded a wild card into the qualifier of the Legg-Mason Tennis Classic.