Raonic Socked Out Of Memphis; Tsonga, Berdych Winners In Marseille; Ferrer-Nalbandian Thursday In Buenos Aires
Two-time Memphis finalist Milos Raonic was stunned today by American youngster Jack Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the second round at the U.S. Indoors. Raonic, who had lost the last to years in the Memphis final to Andy Roddick in 2011 and Jurgen Melzer in 2012, had won six straight matches having just claimed his third San Jose title on Sunday. But on Wednesday it was Sock who collected the biggest win of his young career.
“It feels good to get my first singles win of the year,” said Sock. “I had an unfortunate ankle roll in Australia so this is big for me to get some confidence and momentum, not only for this week, but the tournaments coming up. To get my career-high win is obviously big for me.”
The Nebraska native lost serve just once and whacked his 11th aces to close out the 14th-ranked Canadian.
Raonic joins No. 3 seed John Isner who lost yesterday as early exits by big names at the tournament.
“He was doing a few things well,” said Raonic. “He was hitting his forehand well. I just wasn’t getting in the right position. I was giving away too many sloppy points.”
Three-time champ Tommy Haas also was a winner along with Lleyton Hewitt, Donald Young and James Blake who next plays the 168th-ranked Sock tomorrow night.
In Marseille, Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon advanced. Top seed Tomas Berdych also got through beating Ernests Gulbis in three sets.
And in Buenos Aires, Rafael Nadal isn’t there but the top ranked Spaniard is. That is David Ferrer. Ferrer returned to the clay courts Wednesday easily defeating No. 186 Agustin Velotti 6-4, 6-1. Next for Ferrer is a date with Brazil finalist David Nalbandian tomorrow.
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