Jack Sock vs. Dustin Brown 2016 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction
Brown vs. Sock
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Jack Sock and Dustin Brown square off early in the second round of the 2016 French Open.
Jack Sock is coming off a five set win over Robin Haase that took 51 games to decide. In the victory, Sock won 75 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Sock hit 75 winners in the victory and was able to dominate the fifth set after looking shaky down the stretch. We all know Sock has the potential to be the next great American, but he has to be more consistent and can’t keep having these mental lapses that allow his opponent back in the match. In order to advance, Sock has to get better than 58 percent of his first serves in play. Sock has made the third round of a grand slam twice since 2014.
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Dustin Brown is coming off a five set win over Dudi Sela that took 56 games to decide. In the victory, Brown won 65 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. The match was extremely long and will test Brown’s conditioning for this match, as it included two tiebreaks. Brown has proven to be a shotmaker, and he had 81 winners, but he also had 77 unforced errors, a number that has to be cut in half if he hopes to advance. Brown is known for his 2015 Wimbledon win over Rafael Nadal, so he has potential to make a run, but he has to be cleaner with his tennis and finish points quicker. Brown has reached the third round of a grand slam just twice in his career.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
You question how much Brown has left in the tank after such a grueling match. Sock at 23 years old should be able to bounce back nicely from a five setter. There’s questions with Brown, especially with all of those unforced errors. Sock is the better player and truly should be able to win this match in straight sets if he’s dialed in with his service game.
Regardless, I like Sock to advance to the third round.