Sam Querrey might have had a longer run at the French Open if matches had been played over the best of three sets rather than five. The American still thinks it would be wrong for Grand Slam tournaments to adopt the shorter format as it would have meant missing some of the best from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic rivalry.
Querrey won the first two sets against Andrey Rublev in their first-round match at Roland Garros.
“Probably two out of three sets would benefit me, but if I really think about it, I like the three-out-of-five,” Querrey said. “Without three-out-of-five, we would have not had, on the men’s side, some of these amazing finals that we have had over the years. And the rivalries between Federer and Nadal and Federer-Djokovic and Djokovic-Nadal wouldn’t have been great as they are with two-out-of-three sets.”
Wimbledon introduced tie-breaks at 12-12 last summer and this year the Australian Open brought in tie-breaks at 6-6.
“I like playing it out and seeing what happens,” Querrey said. “Personally at Wimbledon, I think we over-reacted to two John Isner matches. And that’s the beauty of Grand Slam tennis. They’re three-out-of-five. In order to get through them, it’s harder. What makes Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka so good is that they really just dominated those majors over the last 15 years.”