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Old 11-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #238
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Default Jack Sock tries to work his way up rankings

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...rview/1704511/

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1:12PM EST November 14. 2012 - Dripping with sweat on a humid, September day in New York, American teenager Jack Sock steps up to the baseline of an overpacked stadium and blasts a 135 mph ace to open a second set tiebreak. The crowd goes wild, infusing the 6' 1" Nebraska native with added energy. Several points later and Sock finds himself soundly snatching the second set over his much more experienced opponent. But the dream ends there -- at least temporarily.

This was the scene in the U.S. Open third round where, after three hours and four grueling sets which included three tiebreakers, Sock inevitably lost to the No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro.

Reminiscing about his experience in the intimate setting of the Grandstand court that day, he admits that the energy of the crowd was "unreal. … I actually had chills during the match when the crowd was cheering for me."

Possessing a powerful forehand that rivals those of players in the top 20, the friendly now 20-year-old is ranked 165 in the world, but aims to quickly work his way to the top of the ATP rankings.

After going undefeated in high school and winning four Nebraska state championships, Sock decided to pass up college and turn pro in the summer of 2011. His first big stage involved an Arthur Ashe night session against one of his childhood idols, Andy Roddick, in the second round of the U.S. Open. He lost that match but bounced back with a Cinderella run in the mixed doubles draw, taking home the title with partner Melanie Oudin.

Although quick to recall that win as one of his most memorable moments on court, the good luck did not continue into the coming months.

After some self-proclaimed mediocre results amid a packed fall and winter schedule, Sock was sidelined in March for four months by an abdominal injury and elbow surgery that he says was "not quite a blessing" but allowed him to reset his career......read more
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