Sock Overcomes Cilic to Record First ATP World Tour Finals Win

Sock Overcomes Cilic to Record First ATP World Tour Finals Win

Sock recorded the United States' first victory at the event for 10 years by defeating Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the early match, with the Croat later being eliminated by Federer's victory.

Jack Sock has revealed that he was forced out of his room at 4am on Tuesday morning due to a fire alarm at his hotel.

"That was a tough one for sure", Sock told Sky Sports' Annabel Croft during his on-court interview. "The fire alarm went off at 4:00 am and we had to exit the building". It's an incredible atmosphere here and I love playing in London and in front of the fans here.

"It was a dream for me to be part of it, where the best players take part and you can slog it out against them, knowing you're only going to get better. I don't know what am I going to do sometimes, but it keeps it fun".

Roger Federer, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, has expressed his disapproval over World No.1 Rafael Nadal's suggestions that it would be fairer to play ATP World Tour Finals on clay courts.

Sock was 3-0 down in the final set and looked exhausted and ragged for much of the match, but his touch, improvisation and fight didn't desert him.

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Both players could ill afford another defeat after losing their first matches at the O2 Arena and there was a sense of deja vu for Cilic, who led Alexander Zverev 3-1 in the final set of his opening contest before being consigned to defeat. Sock whacked the ball away in frustration.

In doing so, the belief rushed back through the world No. 3 and he set up three set point chances on Federer's serve at 5-6 - converting the third.

The American No 1 increased his advantage in the second set with a further break of the Cilic serve to move 4-1 ahead before he served out in style with an ace to force the deciding third set - the fourth time already this week that a match has gone the distance.

Statistically, the last qualifier for these finals was evenly matched with Cilic during the match, but after a run of seven wins in nine matches, his self-belief was high. Another Cilic shot clipped the tape but this time his opponent was alive to it and flicked it down the line.

He hit a powerful forehand victor to let his intentions known early on and set up three break points in the opening game.

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