Jack Sock didn't have a quiet night before his match against Marin Cilic on Tuesday. The American suddenly woke up because of a fire alarm that really scared him. 'Yeah, it was probably one of the most annoying noises I've ever heard in my entire life', Sock revealed in press conference after prevailing over the Croatian in the third set tie-break.
'We're on the second floor of the hotel. I guess whatever happened in the hotel was on the second floor. I guess from what the workers at the hotel said, the location of your room is how loud the alarm is. We are right there, kind of right in the center of it.
It literally sounded like the intercom I thought was in our room. Super loud, super annoying. It went on for a while. At first I didn't know if it was a test or whatever. Then I realized it was 4 a.m., so I hoped it wasn't just a test from the hotel.
I went outside, saw Rafa, saw Dominic. Everyone was all bundled up, freezing cold, just wanting to get back inside. Yeah, it was pretty miserable, to be honest.' Asked if he is surprised with his 2017 season, Sock replied: 'I wouldn't be out here playing, competing if I didn't think I could give myself a chance to win tournaments, to be here.
I don't know, I'm not the type of guy that will just enter a draw and be happy to make the third round or the quarters or whatever. I'm here to win matches. Not only here, but all tournaments. I think if I do the right things and I play the right tennis, I can give myself a chance to play on the weekend of any tournament.
I think I've showed that more this year. Obviously there's a rough patch in the middle with some things going on. I'm 25 years old. I'm not the new kid on the block any more. It's kind of my time, the next however many years.
Yeah, I'm just trying to do what I can.'
What was the mindset in the tiebreak? Also the comebacks you had in Paris, does that carry over, help you in a match like this, third set tiebreak? 'Yeah, I mean, definitely to be able to come back in the matches that I did in Paris, the first round lost first set against Verdasco, first set in the final.
There's times, especially at the end of the year when you're just thinking about your off-season, being able to go home the next day. But to fight through those, put yourself in position to do well in that tournament, now be here in London, to keep my hopes alive for this week as well by winning today.
Definitely carries over, it gives you confidence when you're in these matches, like losing the first set today, rebounding. As for the tiebreak, just hope he doesn't hit the net again. He had a few of those today, but that's tennis.
But, no, once again, just staying in there, found myself a mini -- he went up 4-2, but to keep myself right there like I did in the third set after being down a break, also in the tiebreaker, I can give myself a chance.'