2/21/13 7:40 AM | Ricky Dimon
Jack Sock upsets Milos Raonic in three sets on Wednesday in Memphis. Sock is through to a surprising all-American showdown against James Blake.
Twice in the past two years has Milos Raonic built on a title in San Jose to finish runner-up in Memphis. If he thought the third time would be the charm to go one step further and win titles in back-to-back weeks, he has to think again.
Raonic could not make the quick turnaround this time as he lost to Jack Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the first round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Wednesday night. Sock struck 11 aces--only one fewer than his opponent--to advance after two hours and 10 minutes.
The underdog American put a charge into his upset hopes by breaking his nearly unbreakable opponent once in the opening set. Sock saved the only break point he faced to make his lead stand up.
Raonic had squandered his first eight break chances of the match, but he got over the hump in set two. It finally came at the most opportune time, with Sock serving to stay in it at 5-6. Raonic's first scalp of the Sock serve also allowed him to start the decider with the balls on his racket.
The 14th-ranked Canadian continued to take care of his serve throughout the third, but he cracked out of nowhere at 5-5. Sock earned his second break of the day then survived a deuce game on his own serve to clinch victory.
Next up for the world No. 168 is countryman and fellow wild card James Blake.
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