2/22/13 5:54 AM | Ricky Dimon
Jack Sock topples doubles partner James Blake in straight sets on Thursday in Memphis. Next up for sock is Feliciano Lopez, who got a walkover past Tommy Haas.
Jack Sock is through to his second career ATP quarterfinal after defeating James Blake 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Thursday night. Sock saved nine of 10 break points and survived eight double-faults off his own racket to advance in one hour and 48 minutes.
A wild first set lasted an hour and three minutes by itself. Sock fought off five set points while serving at 4-5 and he needed six set points at 6-5 to finally seal the deal.
Blake could not quite battle back from a break down in the opener, but he did just that right away it set two. After snagging his third break of the day, however, Sock maintained his lead. The up-and-coming American closed out the proceedings with a solid hold at 5-4, clinching his second match point with a powerful forehand winner.
Sock, who previously reached a quarterfinal last summer in Atlanta, will face Feliciano Lopez on Friday. Lopez got a free pass into the last eight when Tommy Haas withdrew due to illness.
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