Sock has a mental problem after losing very close matches to # 200 + at Wimbledon then he lost to # 60 + at USO in 5 sets again . Maybe if he has won this match it could help him. He has a game but needs to have more focus . Well well he must believe in himself more.
Sock def had Rafa on the ropes through most of the 2nd set. The Super TB was chaotic, Rafa was just clutch at 9/9.
I thought that too about a win giving Sock enormous confidence--I think it did that for Shap in MOntreal, Kyr years ago at Wimb etc.
It may be one of Rafa's many great contributions to the game--giving great boosts of confidence to lower ranked players by ocassionally losing to them. LOL
I like Sock, particularly that snappy wrist FH. But the BH is a liability. He will never be a top player with that BH. Maybe there's mental thing too, haven't watched him enough ...