Friday, November 17, 2017

Jack Sock stuns world No 3 Alexander Zverev to make history at the ATP Finals



Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals for 10 years when he stunned world No 3 Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday.

The world No 9, who barged through the back door to qualify for the London showpiece by winning the Paris Masters, won 6-4 1-6 6-4 to extend his season a little further.

Roger Federer had already won the Boris Becker group, having battled back to beat Marin Cilic earlier to post a perfect round-robin record at the event for a 10th time.

Six-times champion Federer won 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 leaving the stage set for Zverev and Sock to slug it out for the runners-up spot and a semi-final against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Talk of a possible Federer-Zverev re-match in Sunday's final, after their high-quality duel on Tuesday, was doing the rounds but Sock, nicknamed 'Showtime', was not listening.

The 25-year-old from Kansas looked to have blown himself out when a 4-1 lead evaporated in the decider, but Zverev wobbled when serving at 4-5 and a double-fault followed by a forehand error handed Sock victory.

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