Querrey ready to lead U.S. charge

Rejuvenated American feeling confident for the first time in a long time

Updated: January 15, 2014, 2:11 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When 13th-seeded John Isner retired from his first-round match Tuesday with a recurring ankle injury, the U.S. men's hopes at the Australian Open fell squarely on another set of broad shoulders, and 51st-ranked Sam Querrey was more than up for the challenge.

The 6-foot-6 hard-serving Californian, who ranked as high as 17th in 2011 before he was beset by a series of injuries, sounded as though he's ready for a career resurgence after his commanding 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory ...

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