Federer upends Jack Sock's run at BNP Paribas Open
By Jawad Bisharat
Roger Federer had his 50th match win at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 22 year old American Jack Sock.
Taking a page out of Nadal's handbook, Sock started the match out very competitive with Jack hitting heavy shots to Federer's backhand. Sock, however, can not get the ball up high enough as does Nadal. This allowed Federer to stay in the rallies. I could see Federer was being pushed by the pace of Sock's forehands but in Federer style there was no panic. Roger stayed the course and forced Sock to come up with the goods time and time again. But, as in many cases, once Federer secured the first set Sock seemed to pack it up. His game declined dramatically and Federer put it into cruise control and allowed Sock implode in just 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Yesterday I wrote that Sock would need to serve over 70% to give himself a fighting chance in the this match. Unfortunately, he was well off this mark serving at a dismal 53% which included 6 double faults. By comparison Federer served at 63% for the match, 8 aces and no double faults.
Federer said later "I played a very clean match, I think I served great. I was also actually returning very well. That gave me the opportunity to stay in the match."
Although Sock didn't play the match he was hoping for, he can take a lot away from this tournament. Winning his previous 3 matches all in 3 sets and along the way defeating world #16 Buatista Agut is definitely a step in the right direction for the young American. Look for Sock to continue on his path up the rankings.
Next up for Federer is the surging Tomas Berdych who is off to a great start in 2015. "We have played on many occasions over many years," said Federer, who is 12-6 versus Berdych. "I don't know when we played the very first time, but I have seen his game evolve, seen how he established himself in the Top 10."
"I think he does very well, and probably also with a new team now he feels eager to try out new things and maybe gives him extra energy. So I think it's going to be an interesting matchup for him having a new team in the back."
Look for Federer to continue his winning ways as Berdych's game plays right into Roger's hands.
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