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Sock vs Thiem ATP Paris Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Sock continues Paris title defence against Thiem

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 2 Nov 2018
  • Jack Sock vs Dominic Thiem is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm GMT
  • Thiem leads 2-1 on head-to-head, but Sock's win was in Paris in 2016
Jack Sock. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Jack Sock continues his Paris Masters title defence on Friday when he takes on Austria's Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals.

Sock is performing some sort of salvage mission on what has been a really bad season, as he had arrived Paris with a staggeringly poor 7-20 record. This, from a man who ended last year at No. 8 in the world after winning the Paris title, barging into the Nitto ATP Finals, and subsequently reaching the semi-finals at the year-end showpiece.

Despite his poor run of results in 2018, Sock has remarkably maintained a top-20 ranking for most of the season. He has only just fallen off- to No. 23- after his umpteenth opening round loss of the year in Basel last week. With 1000 points to defend in Paris, where he is the reigning champion, Sock faced the prospect of an even mightier tumble down the rankings should his mediocre form continue, but from nowhere really, he has found some spark in the French capital, stringing together back-to-back wins for the first time all year to reach the quarter-finals. 

The 26-year-old American took out Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 in the opening round, before powering past Tunisian lucky loser, Malek Jaziri 6-0 6-4 in the second round.

Sock is not entirely out of the woods yet, as a quarter final exit could still see him fall out of the top 100, but he has at least cushioned the effect of the fall, and perhaps more importantly, earned some confidence which could yet prove pivotal in the course of the week.

The next man in his path is Austria's Dominic Thiem.

Thiem came through a hard-fought marathon against Borna Coric on Thursday, outlasting the Croatian in a rollercoaster final set to secure a come from behind 6-7 6-2 7-5 victory.

Dominic Thiem. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
The Austrian trailed by a break in the final set, and then lead by a break, only to give it up, before he held his nerve to get over the finish line in a nail-biting finale.

"It was a great fight from both of us from the beginning to the end," Thiem said after the match. "Borna is in great shape. He has his career-high right now, so I think I was beating one of the best players right now in the world. That makes me very happy."

The 24-year-old had earlier impressed with a 6-4 6-2 victory over the dangerous Gilles Simon, and he backed it up on Thursday with that win over Coric, recording back-to-back wins at the Paris Masters for the first time in his career, thus moving to the quarter finals for the first time as well. Thiem had struggled to produce wins at this time of the season over the last couple of years, often appearing to be burnt out after a long season, but he has been a lot better this year, winning in St. Petersburg, and now making consecutive quarter finals in Vienna and Paris. He is up to 52 wins for the season, just behind Alexander Zverev who leads the way with 54.

Thiem is still looking to confirm his spot at the Nitto ATP Finals. He is currently eighth on the Race to London, but with Kei Nishikori relentless breathing down his neck, he wouldn’t want to leave any doors open as he takes on Jack Sock in Paris on Friday.

"It's always fun to play him. We've had some great matches in the past. Haven't played for a little while now, so I'm looking forward to that one," said Thiem. "Of course I'm trying everything to stop him, but it's going to be tough, especially here in Bercy."

Thiem leads the head-to-head 2-1, but that one loss was in Paris in 2016, which also happened to be their most recent meeting. Both players are not too dissimilar to each other- good athletes, useful serves, powerful forehands, but the backhand is where Thiem has an advantage, and it's an area that will definitely be targeted.

Sock is clearly a confidence player and when he gets going, he tends to keep going, but I don't just think he will have enough to get through what could be a tight match against Thiem on Friday.

Jack Sock vs Dominic Thiem is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm GMT

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Sock vs Thiem ATP Paris Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Sock continues Paris title defence against Thiem

Jack Sock takes on Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals of the Paris Masters. Can Sock beat Thiem to keep his title defence alive? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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