Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson underlined that it wasn't easy at all playing against world No. 231 Jack Sock in Newport. Anderson, now ranked at No. 113 in the world, had to dig deep in order to beat former world No. 8 Sock.
Anderson recovered from a set down to beat Sock 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-4. Sock, who won the Little Rock Challenger in June, was playing his first ATP event of the season in Newport. “I was up against a really, really good player.
Jack has had a couple of tough years, but his level is way above his ranking,” Anderson said, per the ATP website. “I really had to dig deep, it was a very physical match and conditions were much warmer today. I thought I did a good job, battling hard and fighting for every point.
Fortunately, I was able to figure out a way to come through in the end”.
Anderson recovered to beat Sock
Sock made a nice start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the third game. Unfortunately for Sock, his lead was short-lived as Anderson broke back in the fourth game to level the set at two games apiece.
Sock saved a set point on his serve in the 10th game and the opener eventually went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Sock was down 5-4 before he won three points in a row to win a tight opener. After losing a tight first set, Anderson made a good start to the second set as he took an early 2-0 lead.
Sock saved two break points in the third game but dropped his serve again in the fifth game. Anderson failed to convert a set point in the seventh game but served out for the set in the eighth game. Anderson then broke Sock in the seventh game of the third set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a semifinal against No. 1 seed Alexander Bublik.