On Tuesday night, Jack Sock (15) of the US qualified for the second round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank when he defeated world no.69 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in two sets (7-6 (4), 6-3).
In the first set, neither player gave up his serve. Sock went on to dominate the tiebreaker and remained calm even when one his opponent’s powerful shots came close to decapitating him. Thanks to his great reflexes, he was able to raise his racquet and deflect the ball. In the second set, his anger gave him wings, and he quickly broke Herbert on his way to victory.
On Wednesday, he will face veteran David Ferrer of Spain in their second round match, which will likely contrast Sock’s power and Ferrer’s extraordinary consistency.
In the evening’s other match, Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who was a finalist in Washington last week, ousted qualifier Dudi Sela of Israel in two sets (6-3, 7-6 (1). He will face world no.32 and 11th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who overpowered Karen Khachanov.
In doubles, Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil fell to Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer in a super tiebreaker (4-6, 6-4, 10-2).