American Jack Sock played some good tennis last night as he battled past the Slovakian Lucas Lacko and set up a semifinal clash with top seed and defending champion John Isner, which is a rematch of their quarterfinal match last week in Newport that Sock won. Coming into the BB&T Open, everyone knows that Sock is riding high on confidence; he won the Wimbledon doubles crown with Canadian Vasek Pospisil and last week he made the semifinals in Newport Beach, defeating Isner along the way, not to mention he's doubled his win tally from last year.
Seeming to be the best shape I've ever seen him in, he was really able to glide around the court and make his Slovakian opponent play one more ball, which is somewhat risky for such a flat ball hitter. The first set was more of a battle of mental attrition, both players playing decent tennis and really pushing each other, but it was Lacko who pulled ahead first building a 5-2 lead. Constantly being bothered by the deep penetrating flat balls of Lacko, Sock had to find a way to battle past his emotions and his crafty opponent and he did just that with some massive serves and heavy forehands, his trademark.
Sock was able to create opportunities his the games by hitting his forehand deep and heavy, taking away the angle therefore allowing himself to approach the net and knock off some volleys. When he was finally able to break back and get the first set back on serve, he let out a huge roar and completely fired up the crowd, who were already on his side. The set would eventually head to a tiebreaker where Sock would ride his serve and forehand to claim a hard earned first set.
The second set went a little more in favor of the American; even though the did exchange breaks early in the set, it was Sock that broke again in the all pivotal seventh game and then he would serve out a 7-6 6-3 quarterfinal win. A lot of times in tennis, it's not about always playing your best tennis, sometimes it's about digging deep and playing well enough to just earn the win and that's just what the young American did.