(January 14, 2017) Fourth seed, American Jack Sock won the ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on Saturday. Last year Sock had to withdraw from the final due to illness. For the 24-year-old, it’s his second career ATP World Tour title. Sock becomes the first American to claim the Auckland title since John Isner in 2014. Isner also won the title in 2010.
Sock led off the year, playing Hopman Cup last week in Perth, Australia.
“Coming from Perth I played a lot there so I felt good coming into this week but you never know how your first tournament of the year can go,” Sock said.
“I lost the second set today and I had to regroup and buckle down. In the off-season we worked a lot on that, regrouping and putting a lot of things behind you.”
“Anytime you can take a title, it feels really good,” Sock said. “I’ve had it once before. I’ve had chances. I’ve lost in a few finals. Winning the whole tournament is definitely a massive confidence booster.
“I was able to put in a lot of work in the off-season and I think it paid off. I was able to make lots of gains and lots of strides forward. I think it really showed this week.”
“I think I didn’t play a great match, said the losing finalist. “He was very confident and he serves very well, and I think that was the key of the match.”
With his success this week, Sock will see his ranking rise to No. 20 in the world.