Malek Jaziri vs. Jack Sock
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Jack Sock and Malek Jaziri meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Paris Masters.
Jack Sock is coming off a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Sock won 73 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Sock won 68 percent of his total service points and saved all four of his break points. Sock is coming off possibly the best win of his season, as he beat a top-30 player in a little over an hour as a +240 underdog. It’s obviously been a brutal year for the American, but Sock has now won two of his last four matches and has shown flashes of the shotmaking ability we’ve seen from him in the past. Sock now looks to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since London of last year. Sock has lost three of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Malek Jaziri is coming off a three sets win over Fernando Verdasco that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Jaziri won 71 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Jaziri won 63 percent of his total service points and saved 10 of his 13 break points. Jaziri made the most of his opportunity, as he got to play once Rafael Nadal withdrew due to an abdominal injury. It was quite a victory for such an inconsistent player in Jaziri, who entered this tournament splitting his last 10 matches when you include qualifying. As long as Jaziri takes care of his first serve and doesn’t dig himself an early hole, he has to like his chances to make a rare quarterfinal appearance in a big tournament on the main stage. Jaziri has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Sock won both meetings in three sets. The most recent match was in the 2017 Indian Wells, a match Sock won in 35 games. The other match was in Stockholm in 2016, a match Sock won in 31 games.
Jaziri has pushed Sock to the limit both times they’ve played and the American hasn’t won two matches in a row yet this year. It’s really been a nightmarish season for Sock, and it’s really tough to back him. However, Jaziri isn’t anything special, and if there was ever a time to end the drought, it would be here. Instead of getting Nadal or Verdasco, Sock gets to play Jaziri. It’s a sign, no?
Sock finally, finally, puts together back-to-back winning performances.