Sock vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Friday September 2, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Jack Sock meet in the third round of the 2016 US Open.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Sergiy Stakhovsky that took 24 games to decide. Cilic has yet to lose a match since returning from the olympics and has lost just 16 games in the first two matches of this tournament. Cilic continues to serve at a high level and is spraying winners across the court with confidence. Cilic has been a completely different player since his early loss in Canada. Cilic has not been eliminated before the fourth round of the US Open since 2011. Cilic hopes to reach his fifth fourth round of a grand slam since 2015. Cilic has won eight straight matches on hard court.
Jack Sock is coming off a straight sets win over Mischa Zverev that took 22 games to decide. Sock needed a quick match after a five setter in the first round and it was an impressive one as he sliced and diced a former top-50 player. Sock needs to be that aggressive in this match if he’s going to have a shot at advancing in this match. Sock has two career victories over top-10 players with one coming this year against David Ferrer. Sock hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for just the second time in his career. Sock has won six of his last nine matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two will meet on the tennis court.
There’s going to be value with Sock in this match, as he has the talent to compete with Cilic and the crowd is going to be heavily on his side. However, Sock hasn’t fared well against elite competition and hasn’t proved consistently that he’s ready for the big stage.
I’ll be pulling for Sock, but Cilic should win this match.