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Jack Sock, who revels in the nickname ��Showtime��, walks with unmistakeable American swagger, while Marin Cilic houses his obvious gifts in a stooped body that moves with all the conviction of a grave-digger. On the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals, it was hustle and bustle from the new world that prevailed over Croatian introspection.
��I��m playing with the house��s money,�� Sock said on arrival this week from Bercy, where he had to win to qualify. ��That was a tough one, for sure,�� the tournament debutant said courtside on Tuesday, after taking two hours and 37 minutes to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4), Cilic��s seventh defeaet in eight matches here over the years.
Sock added: ��It��s been an interesting morning so far. The fire alarm went off in our hotel at 4am this morning. I love playing in London. You make me feel at home. My coach Scott Stevens Youth jersey nicknamed me Showtime when I was young because I always love to play in front of people. There��s always a lot going on. I don��t even know what I��m doing some times.��
A case in point was the long 11th game of the first set. Both were hitting with purpose and skill, the Croatian in his characteristically nervous way, as if not quite trusting his obvious talent, the American full of it, crafting winners with unalloyed belief. Cilic needed to hold to keep his rampant young tormentor at bay, and it looked bad for him when Sock first deftly stretched him on the forehand side with a measured volley that forced an error, then a perfectly timed lob that left him stranded.
However, behind his big guns, Cilic continued to pepper Sock��s defences, which cracked �C not for want of ambition but stamina. With his balance momentarily askew, he failed to clinch the break when ripping a forehand not over the high part of the net but into it; then, similarly not set, he pumped a tired forehand wide. And the moment was gone.
The losing shots were in obvious contrast to all his other work; nobody plays the perfect match, set or game �C the occasional point or rally maybe �C but Sock��s blip was avoidable. When the Tour reaches this point, stamina is king. He did wonderfully to survive at the Bercy last week, winning a tournament he looked like leaving in his first match, when 1-5 down in the third against Kyle Edmund. Here, he has a much bigger stage on which to play, and it seems to suit him.
Cilic duly broke and saved a break point to hold and take the first set in 51 minutes. Sock regrouped to break early in the second. Could he sustain his level, though, against a former slam champion and recent Wimbledon finalist? A double-fault in the fourth game �C his first of the match - and a weary forehand suggested otherwise but, with his racket face open, he dinked two delightful drop shots to progress to a 3-1 lead.
He surely felt he was on top when nerves invaded Cilic��s racket, a fourth double fault and a faltering forehand costing him his serve in the fifth game. Sock took it to a third set, the drop shot and his seventh ace the killer weapons. In deciding sets this year, Cilic has a poor 42.6% return for a player of his quality, Sock 64% �C Womens Scott Stevens Jersey to put that in context, Roger Federer has won 84.6% of match-winning frames in this, his glorious comeback season. On Tuesday afternoon, the numbers fell Sock��s way.
Stung by his collapse in the middle frame, Cilic broke at http://www.authenticstarsstore.com/-20-cody-eakin-jersey_c-449.html the first opportunity and Sock, who��d briefly left the court at the end of the second set, seemed momentarily off the pace. When Cilic held to love for a 3-0 lead, what had been a match-winning mindset for Sock only 10 minutes earlier, dissolved completely. He��d won just a single point in the set to that point.
His mojo flooded back in the fourth game, the serve clicking and the groundstrokes finding their angled mark, as he dragged himself back into the fight and they went to the shootout. Cilic was 15-13 in tie-breaks, Sock 18-7. Again, stats ruled. Cilic crossed 4-2 up, but Sock held strong, forcing his wavering foe into an unfavourable position to seal the win.
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