Jack Sock found a way to try and forget all that happened at the US Open just two weeks ago, finding something to cheer for over the weekend, becoming the man to grant World Group permanence to team USA in Davis Cup action.
Sock stepped on court with the score being 2-1 in favor of the Americans. In the first day of competition at the Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, Istomin had shocked Steve Johnson in 5 sets. Sock mended the loss and won against World No.
158 Farrukh Dustov in straight sets to get to 1-1. As Johnson and Querrey conquered the doubles rubber on Saturday, it was up to Sock to close up the contest. Jack didn't fall under pressure and took the chance to forget about the dramatic cramping that stopped him at the US Open, few games shy of a 3rd round appearance.
Sock beat World No.62 Istomin in four sets, with the final score of 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4. Beating Uzbekistan by 3-1, Jim Courier and the USA Davis Cup team avoided a plunge into zone group competition, which would have bene the first since 1988.
The victory comes very special to Jack, considering how Sock was making his debut in this Davis Cup tie. The choice of playing on red clay made it sort of mandatory for Courier to count on Sock in singles. Jack has always been an atypical USA player, liking red clay as his favorite surface.
The love affair between Jack and clay continued, and moreover Sock made it clear he is a name to count on for Davis Cup action, both now and for the future. The US Open is forgotten, for now. The fall to pressure to. Sock has a chance to close the season in confidence, to bid for a top 20 debut in 2016.
Here the moment Jack won:
In his debut tie, @JackSock def. Istomin 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to give Team USA the 3-1 win over Uzbekistan. #DavisCup pic.twitter.com/hlMXmiO666 — BB&T Atlanta Open (@BBTatlantaopen) September 20, 2015
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Jack Sock is the 1st American to win both single rubbers in his Davis Cup debut since Robby Ginepri did so as well in 2004 vs Austria.