Four years ago, before meeting Rafael Nadal in the round of Roland Garros, Jack Sock was on the lips of the most famous gurus displaced to Paris, particularly the special envoys from the United States. The Spaniard was in his annus horribilis , he arrived without a single title in clay and, although he had won in a row in his three previous commitments in his fetish tournament, he was going to run into a tough guy, the Houston champion, whose lead right it could complicate his life, even more so when the match would take place on the Suzanne Lenglen track, much smaller than the Central one, thus reducing the space behind the bottom line, from where the left-handed man builds his trench.
Nadal won after giving up his first set in the tournament, before falling against Djokovic in the quarterfinals. The Nebraska player left a good impression, corroborated with his sure step from then on. In a serious famine since the withdrawal of Andy Rodick, the United States seemed to have found a reference.
Sock, with a heavy drive of those who do damage to clay, did not have its limits on slow surfaces, but would reveal himself capable of capturing his hard court skills. That same year he played the final in Stockholm, as he would do the following course, in addition to bidding again for the title in Houston and also doing it in Auckland.
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In 2017 he maintained the progression, with the titles of Auckland, Delray Beach and the 1000 Masters of Paris-Bercy, guarantees with which to stand in the Masters Cup, where he fell in the semifinals against Grigor Dimitrov, in the end champion. It concluded as world number 8.
Unable to assume his new rank, Sock crashed in 2018, with the Paris-Bercy quarterfinals as the greatest achievement. He fell to 116th place. Formidable dubber, he fed his self-esteem with significant triumphs in the specialty, among them Wimbledon, the United States Open and the Masters Cup, next to Mike Bryan.
A serious injury was added to the game crisis in the beginning of 2019. The rupture of two ligaments in the thumb of his right hand kept him six months off. Since the reappearance, last July in Atlanta, he has only won one game, against Fabio Fognini, in the Laver Cup. With 27 years, and neglected fitness, is number 217 of the ranking. The back injury suffered against fellow countryman Jack Draper, who defeated him in the first round of challenger Northbay Healtcare, further obscures his future. With no place in major tournaments, it is already difficult for him to improve his luck in second-order competitions.
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