Sock It To Me, Baby!

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  1. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    Is this the break-out event for Jack in the bean Sock???

    Very impressive win vs Raonic and backed up by a straight-set takedown of am aging but still talented former top-5 Blake! All of a sudden he's a QFist with a shot at listless Lopez and a winnable possible semi vs the Istomin/Russell winner.

    He has a junior slam title and a senior MD slam crown. As an American, I've been hoping one of our young guys could step up. This is the first glimmer of a result that shows someone is headed upwards.

    Keep it going, Jack!
     
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    Sock has more potential then Johnson, Harrison, Kudsla, for me I think he is the American to watch. I love his game and he seems to be over his injury now.

    He just needs to serve better to beat lopez, he can't keep saving a trillion break points.
     
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  3. Duncan Bell

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    I've always liked Jack, although I'm not American. He's interesting and seems like there's a good amount of potential there. Not sure he'll beat Lopez, but I guess this will become the de facto Jack Sock thread. Long may it continue.
     
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    Sock is gonna knock F-Lo's you know what's off. Then win the Memphis title. Then win a singles major by 2014.

    This is the outset of Sockamania
     
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  5. DunlopDood

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    Saw the kid play at a challenger event in Vancouver and was absolutely floored at how hard and heavy a ball he hits. I told myself that there's no way that he would be able to keep it up for the duration of the match, but wouldn't you know it he did, and won in pretty convincing fashion. Definitely a guy to keep our eye on in the future. I sure hope that if he has a good result in this tourney that it will spur him on to work hard and get in shape, because from what I saw last year he looked like he was at least 10-15 lbs. overweight for a tennis player, not only would it really help his movement but his joints would thank him for it too.
     
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    Sock em' Jack!!
     
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    I thought he looked surprisingly winded during the part of the match I watched last night. It made me think he'd struggle to go three sets.
     
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    Jack seems to be in a bit of trouble against Lopez..n'uff said
     
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    Score please. Link even better.
     
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    He lost. 4-6 3-6
     
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    Would that be before or after Gasquet, who I think you said was "within striking distance" of a Major." :shock: Only needing a little "fine tuning" in the game and the head. (Which I bet would make Monfils laugh.)

    Is Jack the Giant Slayer > Harry over the long-term ?
     
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    I saw Jack play in juniors and he was extremely rude and demeaning to his opponent. I will pull for him only in Davis cup
     
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  13. DeShaun

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    If Sock played Filip Peliwo, having watched them both play, I would be rooting for Filip because his game seems less robotic or, perhaps you could argue, less refined but more fun-loving than Sock's; and I like to participate vicariously. As such, I always would rather have more fun at doing something than feel like I was subverting some of the fun that I could be having to some idea about obeying the percentages if these are anchored solely, or even just primarily, in the promise of better obtaining winning results without a shred of concern for how. Jack's serve at its best is roughly on the level of that of Feliciano Lopez to my eye--Sock is not going to be leading the tour in aces any time soon. His forehand as a rally stroke is a thousand times better mine and maybe even yours, but it is not anywhere near contemporary weapons grade. And the real problem lies with the fact that Sock's game seems to have been tailored to reward extreme fitness in an era where guys like Simon can rally all day, which orientation doe not exactly seem to emphasize Sock's natural strengths...but then again, I'm not crystal clear on whether if at all he possesses very much in the way of natural aptitudes that can soon be turned into serious weapons.
     
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    The loss to Lopez denies a path to the finals, which would have given Thorlo enough points to crack the top 100 and avoid having to use WCs or qualies to play ATP and slam events.

    Challengers are now key for him to raise points and improve confidence vs ATP regulars.
     
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    That put a sock in it
     
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  16. Unfrozen Caveman

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    Sock beat Ebden in the first round of the Delray Beach tournament.
     
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  17. Onehandedbackhand

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    Sock is fat and going nowhere till he takes his fitness seriously.
     
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    Sock jacks Ebden in straights while Harry heads home haplessly! He may be chunky but now has a chance to pound it to the quarters for a second week in a row. He'll need a good showing to take Berankis, another exciting up and comer, if Ricardis continues his beatdown of Phau...breadstick in the first!
     
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    It's easy to make quarters when you face schlubs because your are low ranked.

    Wait till he's 70 and has Murray round 1, or any of the other 3. They'll all have him sucking wind in game 4.
     
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    Berankis breaks through. He and Sock meet in the second round.
     
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  21. Deuirej

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    Watched his match vs Almagro at the Usopen from the first row of the grandstand. First thing I noticed was his physique. Def has a lot to work on but great potential!
     
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  22. Onehandedbackhand

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    Oh I love his shots, and he makes some nice decisions on the court. I can't stand that he's 19 and got fat. That means he has serious diet issues.
     
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    Berankis could be a tough test...he's a guy who makes the most of his "altitudinal challenges" with a big boy's serve. I'm glad he's finally stayed relatively healthy for an extended time. He's got top 30 potential, IMO.

    As to the spare Sock tire, he's from the Mid-U.S. where they call big-boned boys "corn-fed". I'm sure he'll be working harder offcourt now that he's sniffing at some singles success. He'll need to as his run of wild cards will probably go away. As an advantage, he has time on his side...it's not like he's reached Nalby/Pecci stature at a later stage in his career. Both of those guys are/were career aspirants for the titleholder of "Greatest Forkhand of All Time".
     
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    He needs a backhand. His forehand is epic. I love watching him play.
     
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    You see Sock in the US Open two years ago? Lean and mean.

    It's obvious he's having a great time with the fast food diet, or he's corn fed from Monsanto corn.
     
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  26. GRANITECHIEF

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    Was up a set and a break vs Berankis. Now down a break in 2nd. This would be a pretty good win.
     
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    Berankis really living it up as a "lucky loser" with the win today vs Sockless Jack and now a very winnable QF vs. ER-V. Jack needed to close this to jump up in the rankings. I guess it's still gonna be the WC or qualie route a little longer.
     
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  28. W.P. Mayhew

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    Ričardas Berankis really sounds like a Game of Thrones character. That's all I have to give you tonight. Have a good one!
     
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    Jack vs the not-so-jolly Croat giant. He did well vs the Canadian giant in Memphis so that may help him stay patient enough vs the big serve game Ivo employs. Sock it to his shoelaces, Jack!

    This may go to extra time each set. Sock in three TBs!
     
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  30. Alohajrtennis

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    Good match from Sock today. Nice to see him finish strong instead of fade.
     
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    Thread bump, as a courtesy to T-Noone's request.
     
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  32. T-Noone

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    So disappointing today :( but i hope by the end of the hardcourt swing he gets into the top 70 or so
     
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    Just watched Sock's match vs Giraldo today. Giraldo played a solid game with minimal errors and put a lot of pressure on Sock's backhand as well as exposing an area of Sock's game that needs work - his lateral movement. I was really impressed by how effective Giraldo's serve was and how he managed his emotions given that the crowd was clearly behind Sock. Great temperament.

    Sock's game is clearly based on his ability to tee off on his forehand wing, but if he gets moved around as Giraldo was managing to do, his quickness and fitness still seem to be issues. He does have weapons - serve and forehand, but he was not able to utilize them too effectively today.
     
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    Sock is a WC @Citi500 in DC and opens vs Sijsling, probably Tuesday. That's a tough assignment...until Fog's great run on Euroclay, I was thinking Sijsling had a shot at Most Improved Player for '13.
     
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    Thread bump...Sock earns his WC @Auckland with a straight set win over Mannarino.

    Would be nice if '14 works out better!
     
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  36. marc45

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    Peter Bodo indicated in a recent column that Pete Sampras has some interest in working with Sock
     
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    Agassi would be a better candidate to fix that non-existent BH!
     
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    hes just another harrison
     
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  39. Gonzalito17

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    Sampras working with Sock - intriguing combination. Hope it happens.
     
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    Stefan Edberg theory, which he repeated recently.... work on your strengths even more than your weaknesses...forehand for him
     
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    I think sock is going to fly up the rankings soon, kid has talent.

    Tommy Haas will be a tough ask but entertaining none the less.
     
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  42. pound cat

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    2-0 Haas is my guess.
     
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  43. rainingaces

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    Johnson and Klahn won, phraphs a good Oman for Sock. Should be good. :)
     
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    Actually it is 2-0 Sock.
     
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    6-4 to Rock em Sock em.
     
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    Good win for sock the serve and forehand worked beautifully but I think Tommy maybe had to much Christmas pudding he was rusty as hell or maybe this year his age catches up with him. :)
     
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    Jack needs to get into better physical condition. Does anyone know if Jack has a personal trainer? If Jack took his fitness seriously I think he's the young American who could make some noise on the ATP Tour.
     
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    RBA really nailed a bad loss on Sock...1&3 with four breaks and Sock winning only 16 points on return in 8 service games from the Spaniard. 0 for 6 in breakpoint opportunities so I guess Sock only had a shot at breaking in one or two games. Surprising he could dominate Haas and then flatline against a much lower-ranked player.
     
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    I got to bump this thread, he plays the thieminator in Miami R3.

    New members of tt must get put off when they see Gulbis and Young threads with thousands of replies but the future of men's tennis Sock and Thiem with hardly any!
     
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  50. AnotherTennisProdigy

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    Looking at his draw he can potentially do some damage here. I think he can handle Thiem the way he's playing and out of the top 8 Wawrinka is one of the most suspect to upsets.

    Or maybe I'm just being hopeful.
     
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