WASHINGTON — After Sam Querrey downed No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round of Wimbledon and advanced to his first career major quarterfinal, he needed a break.
He arrived back in his native California on July 7, and rather than jetting off to another tournament in Rhode Island a few days later, Querrey took a week to bask in the excitement of his Wimbledon upset and recover for the rest of his summer schedule.
That slate starts this week at the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, where Querrey spoke in a pre-tournament news conference Monday afternoon about his growing confidence.
“I’m hoping to just kind of continue off that great week, and I guess time will tell,” Querrey said. “We’ll see what happens, but I’m still feeling great and feeling confident and ready to go for this week.”
If Querrey had tried to play in Newport, R.I., for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships last week, the No. 29-ranked player felt he would’ve wasted his…