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Jack Sock Is Finally Back

Jack Sock was top ten in the world, won a Masters 1000, finals at World Tour Finals in 2017, went off the boil for a couple of years but he’s worked very hard to get back and last night even though he lost 62 46 67 in the third to World No. 3 Rafael Nadal at Citi Open, he showed that he is right there with the big boys again, despite what his ranking of 192 says.

So Sock just has to keep doing what he’s doing and more positive results will come. His spirit is very good, his fitness is strong, his game is as dangerous as ever, his movement is excellent. Sock is happy with his team, coach Alex Bogomolov and chief cheerleader (his new wife Lauren). It’s certainly possible for Sock to battle his way back to the top 20 and 10 again. Last night proved it. He forced Rafa to play his best tennis. Sometimes a loss is a win.

“It was a tough match and I managed to find a way at the end. Sorry for Jack,” Nadal said after the hard fought win in a full stadium at the Rock Creek Park complex. “The energy here in Washington has been unforgettable after such a tough year and a half. Getting to play in front of these great people is just fantastic. I enjoyed it, I suffered a little bit but it’s normal. I hope to be ready for tomorrow (vs Lloyd Harris).”

The 28 year old Sock is now 0-6 career vs Nadal but he has won four sets, including one at French Open in 2015.

Sock has won four ATP singles titles and 15 more in doubles. Sock lost in doubles this week with Sam Querrey 76 62 in the first round to Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Paul.

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  • Krzysztof · August 5, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    It is worth mentioning that Rafa played his first match after more than 2 months absence and such match is always difficult. Nevertheless, quite promising from Sock, however I doubt that he comes back to TOP 20. I would say TOP 40 or TOP 30 is maximum.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Krzysztof, Rafa definitely looked well off his best form, uncharacteristic errors but he was money when it mattered most. No matches in two months but we know he was training his tail off at his academy. The Sock win was a good building block for his US Open conquest.



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