Sock, who came back from injury, went through a hard fight and won.
(The picture is taken from the official Twitter of the Dallas Open)
[Sports Center/Comprehensive Report] American player Jack Sock, who used to be ranked No. 8 in the world in the past, but fell out of the top 100 due to injuries in recent years, experienced a hard fight in the ATP250 Dallas Open today. It took more than 3 hours to win 7:6 (7:2), 4:6, 6:4, and won the first victory of the ATP Tour level in half a year.
Sock has struggled in the Challenger League for the past six months and is currently ranked 141st in singles. Therefore, this Dallas Open can only be played through a wild card.
When he played against Ilya Ivashka, the 74th in the world today, although he was broken only 3 times in the whole game, he faced as many as 18 break points, and 13 of them were concentrated in the final set.
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In the end, Sock accepted the victory without any risk and advanced to the second round.
He said that he did not go to Australia at the beginning of the year to participate in the first stop of the four major competitions of the year. Instead, he gave himself the opportunity to adjust his body and mind for 3 months.
Sock also added: "I've struggled on the court for the past few years, and winning this kind of intense game has made my return all the more worthwhile. I can't wait to face the next test .”
Sock's opponent in the next match was his compatriot Taylor Fritz who met in the second round last year. At that time, Fritz defeated Sock 6:1, 6:4, rewriting the record of the two sides. 3 wins and 2 losses.