Congrats to Sock, but try to match his line of opponents in Paris

uscwang

Hall of Fame
He had to beat Edmund, Lucas Pouille, Fernando Verdasco, Julien Benneteau, and Krajinovic to clinch his first ATP 1000 title.
Does it come more difficult than this?
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, Nadal's Miami draw until the final with Federer was similar tbh. Obviously, Nadal's was tougher because Federer was in it, but a long line of easy opponents is not that uncommon.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Winning Paris isn't like winning the other Masters - too close to the WTF, most of the top players don't show up.
 

ibbi

Legend
Tennis is not in a great place right now, there are not that many big tournaments that have been won this year that have been won against especially impressive draws, the Paris Masters is rarely in an impressive state even in a good year anyway, and yet... Kyle Edmund since New York has been playing well, and usually only losing respectable matches to good players, Pouille just won a 500 last week, Verdasco knocked off the not unimpressive trio of Rublev, Anderson, and Thiem. That's not a bad draw.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Tennis is not in a great place right now, there are not that many big tournaments that have been won this year that have been won against especially impressive draws, the Paris Masters is rarely in an impressive state even in a good year anyway, and yet... Kyle Edmund since New York has been playing well, and usually only losing respectable matches to good players, Pouille just won a 500 last week, Verdasco knocked off the not unimpressive trio of Rublev, Anderson, and Thiem. That's not a bad draw.
It still stuns me to think how close Edmund was to stopping Sock in his tracks at the very first hurdle. He had already beaten Sock comfortably in straights in Atlanta back in the summer and seemed well on his way to to doing the same in Paris when he was 5-1 up in the deciding set. How he managed to choke away a lead of that magnitude against a guy he had already beaten comfortably earlier in the year is an absolute mystery but the fact remains he went out a 1st round loser and remains ranked #50 in the world whilst the guy he had on the ropes went on to win the event, win his 1st Masters 1000 title, break into the top 10 and qualify for the season-ending championships. Such are the fickle twists and turns of fortune in this game of tennis!
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Draws open up, people take advantage. He still played some quality tennis. I've been watching a lot of Gonzo recently, a shame he did not win a Masters title, yet Socko has one. Booo...
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
It still stuns me to think how close Edmund was to stopping Sock in his tracks at the very first hurdle. He had already beaten Sock comfortably in straights in Atlanta back in the summer and seemed well on his way to to doing the same in Paris when he was 5-1 up in the deciding set. How he managed to choke away a lead of that magnitude against a guy he had already beaten comfortably earlier in the year is an absolute mystery but the fact remains he went out a 1st round loser and remains ranked #50 in the world whilst the guy he had on the ropes went on to win the event, win his 1st Masters 1000 title, break into the top 10 and qualify for the season-ending championships. Such are the fickle twists and turns of fortune in this game of tennis!
That Sock-Edmund match in Atlanta was funny. Sock was dominating Edmund, he was up a break like 4-2 I think, then there was some sort of timeout, plus Edmund took a medical timeout, then Edmund and Sock had a practice rally that lasted like five shots, Sock took a medical timeout to get back at Edmund's medical timeout, and by the time it was all over, Sock had lost all his momentum and Edmund won in straights. I'm sure Sock was thinking about that as he was about to lose again to Edmund.
 
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Cfidave

Professional
Good job by sock. However, I very much doubt he would have won this Masters if the top players had been there. He would have met Fed instead of Poulenc, and then most likely Nadal if he beat Fed. Unlikely.
 

Cfidave

Professional
Good job by sock. However, I very much doubt he would have won this Masters if the top players had been there. He would have met Fed instead of Pouille, and then most likely Nadal if he beat Fed. Unlikely.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Tennis sometimes is not fair as Delpo deserved an ATP 1000 title more than him. Jack Sock is, at most, ATP 250 material.
It's not fair at all, sorry to tell you mate! Someone like DelPotro who has no Masters title or like Wawrinka who has only 1 title.

I remember one Masters event, I think it was IW '13, Delpo went through Murray and Djokovic back-to-back just to get to the final only to then play Nadal (who happened to play one of his best HC matches ever), eventually falling slightly short. He had a similar draw at the Rio Olympics: Djokovic, Nadal and then gets Murray in final. How unlucky can someone get? Why can't JMDP ever get these Jack Sock cheesecake draws?
 

Legend of Borg

G.O.A.T.
You make your own luck. Sock showed up in form when many did not, and now he has a Masters 1000 crown to show for it.
and he'll recover his journeyman status when all the real players recover from their injuries and continue to straight set him in every tournament from 500 to GSs

life indeed isn't fair
 

Tiafoe

Rookie
Journeyman lol. I'm not sure that word has ever been used before for a just turned 25 year old in the top 20 or 30.
 
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