Jack Sock v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The previous best performance Jack Sock has had at a Grand Slam was at the French Open last year when reaching the Fourth Round. 2016 has arguably been the best set of Grand Slam results put together by the American and I think there is every chance that he can set a new career best Grand Slam Singles performance at the end of this Fourth Round match.
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Sock is now the last American in the men’s draw at the US Open, but his confidence is going to be at a really high level having beaten former Champion Marin Cilic in straight sets on Friday. It isn’t like Cilic has been in poor form as he came in as the Cincinnati Masters Champion too, but Sock was a dominant winner and has looked very strong in the last two Rounds after battling past Taylor Fritz.
With the serve working effectively it is giving Sock a chance to dictate rallies behind the heavy forehand he possesses. I do worry about the backhand wing, but he protected it superbly against Cilic and he won’t be hurt in backhand to backhand exchanges against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
You have to credit the run Tsonga has had at the US Open as he has dropped one set in three Rounds at Flushing Meadows. He has been serving strongly too and beat an awkward Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the Third Round to give himself a confidence boost after a difficult summer since Wimbledon.
It is going to be a match with plenty of big shots from both men, but I am surprised Sock is considered as big an underdog. Tsonga does have the ‘name’ that casual fans will recognise, but he was defeated by Steve Johnson in Cincinnati and Sock is in fine form to win this one outright. Even if this goes deep into the match, I like the chances of Sock keeping it close even in a loss which means I will back him with the games to continue his fine form in Flushing Meadows.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Jack Sock + 2.5 Games @ 1.87 with Pinnacle
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