Dominic Thiem continues his French Open campaign as he takes on Jack Sock, former top-10 player now suddenly showing signs…
Dominic Thiem continues his French Open campaign as he takes on Jack Sock, former top-10 player now suddenly showing signs of resurgence.
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A straight-sets win over Marin Cilic means that Dominic Thiem is now on an eight-match winning streak, bringing his strong form from the US Open, where he claimed his maiden major title, to the French Open where he has twice finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
Thiem moves on to face former world no. 8 Jack Sock, now ranked outside the top 300, who is showing signs of becoming a force to be reckoned with once more.
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Thiem vs Sock: Head-to-head
Dominic Thiem leads the head-to-head 3-1 with Jack Sock – all four matches have taken place on hard courts.
Sock won 6-2, 6-4 at the Paris Masters in 2016 – all other matches have gone Thiem’s way, including their most recent encounter at the same tournament in 2018.
Thiem vs Sock: Preview
Dominic Thiem showed little sign of minimal or sub-optimal preparation for the French Open as he surmounted one of the tougher first-round challenges the draw could have placed in front of him, beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Cilic came out with a smart game plan and had his opportunities, especially in the first set; had he executed better, he might have taken an early lead against Thiem, but as it was, once the Austrian got the first set under his belt he never really relinquished front-runner status again.
Thiem had injury issues in the closing stages of his US Open campaign and had not played a warm-up match on clay, but there was no inkling of an emotional or physical hangover from his maiden major win, and like the player whose game his resembles most of all, Stan Wawrinka, he proved that he is neither bothered by the cold, damp conditions of this autumnal Roland Garros, nor has any difficulty in powering the ball through the slow courts thanks to his immense power from the baseline.
With Casper Ruud and Wawrinka himself likely to await Thiem in the third and fourth rounds, the Austrian won’t want to expend any unnecessary energy as he takes on one of the few players in the draw with a forehand as heavy as his own in Jack Sock.
Sock is a curious case, a player whose results and ranking fluctuate wildly. He was ranked as high as world no. 8 in November 2017 after winning his maiden Masters 1000 Series title in Paris, where he was the beneficiary of a somewhat soft draw – he faced one player ranked inside the top 50 on his way to the title – after having won titles in Auckland and Delray Beach earlier that season. In 2018, however, he went 9-22 and then played only eight matches in 2019, losing them all, after a hand injury which required surgery.
The American returned, unranked, in February 2020 and made an impressive run to the final of the Indian Wells Challenger, which propelled him back up to world no. 389 when the sport resumed. He got his first Grand Slam win since the US Open in 2018 when he beat Pablo Cuevas in the first round of the US Open before losing to Adrian Mannarino, and got his first French Open win since 2016 when he beat big-serving compatriot Reilly Opelka in the first round.
Sock made the round of 16 at the French Open in 2015 when he beat Borna Coric, Pablo Carreno Busta and Grigor Dimitrov, and took a set from Nadal; he’s reached the Houston final twice, winning it once; his heavy forehead has always proved an effective weapon on this surface, and it won’t have any difficulty getting through the slow courts. He also doesn’t have anything to lose. I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out all guns blazing, pushed Thiem hard for one set, and then lost, but not before making the match a decent length.