Sock stunned af­ter swap­ping hol­i­days for Tour Fi­nals

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

Amer­i­can Jack Sock said he was shocked af­ter mov­ing from “think­ing about his hol­i­days” dur­ing his open­ing Paris Masters win, to qual­i­fy­ing for next week’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als (ATP) World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don af­ter claim­ing the Bercy ti­tle. The 16th seed beat qual­i­fier

Filip Kra­ji­novic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the Paris Masters fi­nal. He trailed 5-1 in a de­cid­ing set dur­ing his sec­ond-round match against Bri­tain’s Kyle Ed­mund but fought back be­fore go­ing on to snatch the eighth and fi­nal spot for the year-end­ing event from Spa­niard Pablo Car­reno Busta with the big­gest ti­tle of his ca­reer. Sock rose from 22nd to ninth in the world rank­ings and is the first Amer­i­can to reach the Tour Fi­nals since Mardy Fish in 2011. “Com­ing in this week I had no idea I could even make Lon­don,” the 25-year-old told a press con­fer­ence. “Now to sit here and ex­tend the sea­son an­other two weeks, and to keep play­ing and achieve a lot of firsts today for me, is in­cred­i­ble.” Sock also be­came the US No 1 for the first time in his ca­reer af­ter win­ning his third ATP ti­tle of the sea­son.

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