Anderson socked by Jack in Auckland

Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:15am EST
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Jack Sock started a new tradition at the Auckland Classic on Thursday, one the 23-year-old hopes will become his trademark as he carves out a successful tennis career.

The American overcame world number 12 Kevin Anderson 1-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open warm-up and in celebration flipped off a shoe before handing one of his socks to a fan.

"We were talking about it in warm-up today... a few people have their own things," Sock told reporters in Auckland.

"I think with such a unique name that I have, we figured I might start a new tradition and give a sock away if I win."

The American started poorly against the fourth-seeded South African, who blasted seven aces in a dominant opening set in which he raced through his service games and broke the 26th-ranked Sock in the fourth and sixth games.

Sock settled in the second set and improved his return as Anderson lost range and accuracy, tying up the quarter-final on his second break and set point opportunity in the 10th game.

Anderson served better in the decider but Sock eked out another break, again in the 10th game, to seal the contest in 98 minutes.

"I thought he came out firing and did not miss many first serves, which against a guy like that, it was crucial for me he misses a few," Sock added.

"I was able to get some balls in near the end and scrap out some points. I'm looking forward to playing in the semis."   Continued...