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The most nervous point I have seen
in a long, long time.
And it is Goffin who
And it is Rafael
Nadal who takes us into a decider.
We salute Nadal for fighting on.
know that was probably the last
match of the season. I'm off, my
season is finished.
Rafael Nadal down and out in Paris
and London as the world number one
had to withdraw from the tournament
after his loss to Goffin last night.
That is the big talking point. We do
have ten is coming up for you this
afternoon as Marin Cilic takes on
Jack Sock but first back to the big
story. Andrew and Tim are with me.
Andrew, you predicted it.
spoke with him on Thursday at the
launch and I said how is your needs,
you don't like to say too much about
it in front of the other players, he
just said "I am here" but it wasn't
terribly enthusiastic. There was a
lot in his eye that said it wasn't
right. Then I watched him play last
night and he wasn't recovering from
the sides and corners. Corners he
wouldn't have found himself in it he
was fully fit so he wasn't giving
his best. Great effort but he wasn't
able to play his best tennis. A
pretty good effort for Nadal to be
here even for one match.
know this is such an unforgiving
Yes, and the accumulation
of playing so many matches and
coming onto a hard court, it is very
grippy and put the extra stress on
what is already a weakness. Rafa was
able to give it a shot but you felt
the writing was on the wall. I feel
first and foremost disappointed for
him because he's the number one
player in the world, he's had such a
good year. It's tough for the
tournament, there are new sponsors
here in London and they've already
had quite a few players missing from
this event so it is frustrating but
we certainly have some other good
players to concentrate on now.
fought so hard last night, it was a
very emotional evening but this is
what Rafa had to say in his press
I am off. My season is
finished. I had a commitment with
the event, with the city, with
myself. I tried hard. I did the
things I had to do to try to be
ready to play but I am really not
ready to play. The pain and... I
cannot hold with enough power to
keep playing. I tried but it really
doesn't make sense. Even winning,
even losing, I'm going to pull out
because I was not enjoying on court
at all. It was not fun to play like
this and I really believe that I
don't deserve after this great
season to spend two more days on
court with this terrible feeling. So
thank you very much. Merry
Christmas, everyone, and see you
Merry Christmas to you
too, Rafa, and thank you for being
part of such a memorable season
because 12 months ago I don't think
anyone would have predicted what
Rafa would do.
Why does the Aussie
open always produce such great
matches. Nadal 3-1 up in the final
set of the final and it was one of
the matches of the year, he and
Federer were setting records once
again and these relatively old guys
now just continued to produce tennis
to thrill. If Nadal needs to take a
few weeks off, bless him, you want
to see him back. You cannot really
imagine the sport without him or
Roger at the top, who knows about
Andy and Novak as well. If Rafa is
injured long-term and it pushes him
out of the game, he's had so many
hard years with that knee.
knew this was a wave goodbye.
feeling as bad as he did with his
knee, you knew he was going to pull
out. It is disappointing to him but
also uncle Tony because I presume he
will not be travelling next year
with Rafa so was that his last
tournament with his uncle in his
corner? It's a sad note to finish on
that as well.
Jamie Murray saying Rafa is a unique
mammal! And also from Pat Cash
saluting how hard he fought. He was
weary right the way through it but
nobody fights harder than Rafa.
Goffin couldn't put him away and the
reason is Rafa may have phenomenal
tennis but it's his spirit and the
way he conducts himself that makes
him such a monster at the other end
of the court. I think he will be
back, he knows how to handle this
injury. I hope so anyway. He knows
how to recuperate and mix the rest
with the training so we do expect
him to be back. Nobody has died or
anything, I think he will be back
and he's had a great year so I don't
think we should feel too sorry for
him. And I think there's much more
It's an injury he has had
on and off for so long and he said
he wants to be back for Brisbane and
right for the Australian.
of the experience good and bad
they've learnt over the years, I
mean we look back ten years or
longer he was playing with tape
around his knees so I'm sure he will
go away and first and foremost it's
got to be rest, to get off court and
get off his feet. I'm sure he will
be back on his boat in Majorca to
relax and get away from things and
then fingers crossed he can start
not only the rehab but the preseason
to get ready for next year.
look at all of the injuries, it
seems like the players now really
need to manage their careers so much
They should do what Roger
does and take six months off and win
a Grand Slam championship. That was
one of the achievements of all time.
These are rare athletes that can do
that, not many people can play their
way into a slam tournament over the
first week. These guys seem to be
able to do it so they are a class
apart. You need to know every aspect
of your games. I'm sure Rafa will be
back. Now of course it gives other
people an opportunity to shine here.
It's interesting, everyone is
handing the trophy to Roger right
now but there is a long way to go
and a lot of tennis to be played,
including today and this is a must
win match for both of these players
who lost their opener on Sunday,
Jack Sock fresh from his victory in
Paris two weeks ago into the top
ten. He was 24 before he got to
Paris in the world rankings, now the
American number one for the first
time. Up against the big man, Marin
Cilic, the Wimbledon finalist. As I
say, a must win to keep their hopes
of the semifinal alive.
USA, the eighth seed, Jack Sock!
Ladies and gentlemen, winner of 17
career titles including the 2014 US
Open, this year's Wimbledon
finalist, from Croatia, Marin Cilic!
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a
huge thank you...
So the players on court, and every
time I see Marin Cilic now I think
back to horrible pictures of the
Wimbledon final, in floods of tears
and his dream of playing Roger on
the Centre Court in the biggest
match of his life just shattered.
was exactly that and unusual
circumstances. He had the blisters,
but the emotion of the day and the
occasion probably got to him.
Playing someone might Roger who was
playing at the top of his game, he
never really got looking so what
could have been one of the greatest
days of his life ended up being a
different story but he
still had a great year to qualify
here again. Looking at his opponent,
Jack Sock, I think the way the round
robin format worked for him against
Federer was ideal because Sock
against Federer played ten times, I
think Roger would win ten times. I
was impressed with his performance
and he's got a lot better,
head-to-head against Marin Cilic.
have the one-handed backhand
yesterday, now it is the battle of
Good afternoon, ladies and
gentlemen. I have Fiona here with me
who will help the flip a coin. Jack,
I will show you the kind. You flip
the kind please, Fiona. FedEx, your
choice please. Picture please
together. This is you.
So the coin toss is over, the
players get ready for the warm up,
Cilic against Sock, two players who
have fought so hard to get here.
Obviously this year has been really
successful for me, I've played
probably the most successful tennis
out of all the seasons I had on the
ATP world tour and it is definitely
something I was looking for for my
The start of the year didn't
go so great and then I capped the
year off with my biggest titles so
far. That was huge, then this on top
of it is special.
With Jack I have
played twice, he beat me both times,
both on American soil so now a
little bit different. Hopefully I
can use my experience to my own
I had a good couple of
matches against him but once again
he's here for the reason, one of the
top eight guys so I will have to
take my best to him.
It was incredible, Jack Sock playing
in Paris, coming through and a tight
final. He lost the opening set.
then when he was trying to get two
breaks up in the final set, he was
completely inspired because he knew
what was on the line. In his
previous matches including against
Kyle Edmund, 5-1 down in the third
he had no idea he could be anywhere
other than Augusta, the Masters golf
course. He had no idea he could be
in London. Suddenly, come the final
he knew what was on the line.
Tremendous effort at the last minute
so he's playing with a great deal of
confidence and I agree with Tim, to
play Federer first is a great warm
up. I think him getting to the
semifinal is likely to happen.
Actually Jack was sailing, no other
player rushes him like Federer he
said today he will have more time to
have his own pattern of play.
when you play Federer on any surface
you will have a lot of reacting
because Federer is so aggressive. I
thought his movement and defensive
skills were good. It was really
going after the ball to be defensive
and he serves well so Cilic from the
back of the court is dangerous. He
has a big wingspan, he can hit the
ball hard but there's definitely
been some questions about Cilic
closing out matches. It's important
he puts that out of his mind and
really focuses on the occasion
He's got everything, Cilic.
You feel as though he's close to
being right at the top of the game.
He's got it right a couple of times,
the US Open 2014 notably when he
beat Nishikori in the final. At
Wimbledon this year he benefited
from guys who should have been
playing losing the round before.
Nadal lost, but he deserved his
place in the
final. His well capable of blowing
anybody off the court. Having said
that I see Sock was a slight
favourite because of their past
Coming here, now Rafa has
gone everyone is saying Roger will
sail through this. Roger won't be
looking any further than tonight
because he has a tough battle
Yes, the youngest man in his field
by far but Roger has played once or
twice in his career with the
expectation he will win, do you
remember 2009 French when so
delaying beta Nadal? That was the
year -- when Soderling beat Nadal.
Also Zverev has two victories over
When you look at the
statistics, I always felt Cilic is
the more experienced player, he has
won bigger titles but Sock may just
enjoy playing against Cilic. After
the Davis Cup, I feel on current
form it will take a lot of
confidence. In these conditions it
seems like the court is playing
relatively quickly. It will boil
down to the opportunities, and when
the break points, about who can take
And people who may not be that
familiar with Jack Sock, he has a
big game, doesn't he?
and he was able to hold his ground
against Federer who basically hit
three winners and played an amazing
from the word go. They will -- there
were no more breaks of serve in the
match. Cilic has to do a good job of
focusing on his own serve to keep
the scoreboard ticking over and when
the chances come a long he has got
to look to be aggressive and see
what he can take.
It's even need
format that you can lose the match
and a couple of days later still in
the tournament, it is a different
mindset isn't it.
Yes, you have got
to keep your wits about you. If you
lose your first match you still have
another opportunity so you focus on
the way you are going to play the
match and don't worry about the
consequences, the outcome.
bottom line is it's a must win
Who is going to win it?
I'm going to go with Cilic because I
don't like to agree with Andrew. He
cannot be right twice in a week.
Andrew, all yours. COMMENTATOR: I
will have a fiver on that, we will
have a bet. Marin Cilic serving to
Fiver on that? Hold on, he's just
getting his headphones. Five or ten?
I thought we normally bet cups of
Hello! That's the message, isn't it?
I don't think anyone generates more
power from a relatively small swing.
Look at this.
It's like a young
That is a message return, isn't it?
When you climb on someone's second
serve like that very early in the
match, you are sending message. If
you miss your first, I am going to
go for your second.
For me, in all of the matches I have
watched on the singles court, it's
amazing how fast the players have
come out, the level of play is so
high from the first point, the first
game. I think that's a reflection of
the quality of the field.
Talks about break point
opportunities, here is one from the
Being six foot
five and have a two handed backhand
certainly helps to get on top of the
ball. Sock trying to generate some
That is subtle. Taking the
pace off the American, just laying
it down at Cilic's feat.
five helps on a high ball but it
doesn't help when it's around your
It's a very sound game from Sock and
a clenched fist as he
takes Cilic's serve. You nullify a
big serve straightaway, I think of
Dominic Thiem yesterday. You look at
him and think that would be helpful
if I could learn that. I mean he's
already a brilliant player. Let's
talk about how Jack Sock got here.
This is an illustration of his
movement, 88% forehand.
definitely the one two paunch, the
modern-day player, the big serve
looking to set up the forehand.
punch. Wasn't able to do it as much
as Roger Federer. So just watch the
development of these rallies,
notably from Jack Sock's point of
view. After his serve, watch his
movement, trying to get the forehand
-- into play.
Played some doubles with his older
brother Eric, did Jack, earlier this
Michaela supporting here as she was
in Paris, college player in the
And that's the danger. If you skip
over to your backhand side, try to
play the reverse forehand, you can
get picked off down the line.
Straightaway, and opportunity for
Cilic to get back on level terms.
Two breaks to open up.
Cilic who took the entire summer off
after that meltdown in the final. It
was difficult to watch, difficult to
come to terms with probably. I don't
think it was just the blisters. It
was a big occasion that day and even
though Cilic had been at the top of
the game for long time, that was
Problem when you run round the
backhand to hit the forehand, if you
don't really do damage with that
shot, you leave yourself very
vulnerable to the open court.
That is a great forehand from Cilic.
He is behind the baseline and he has
no pace to work with. He is able to
generate enough power to hit the
winner from three feet behind the
UMPIRE: Please keep your voice down,
How to win friends and
Sock got off to a
great start but by losing his serve,
he is edgy, mumbling to himself
Marin Cilic has done
well. He lost his serve in the
opening game but he is fighting
back, 2-1. Yes, a good effort. Both
players have good coaches. In the
old days, a save the old days, I
suppose the 1980s will be The Old
Day is now, not everybody had a
coach travelling now. Now you have
at least one coach, a physio and you
might have a stringed and a couple
of chefs have been known to travel
depending on which part of the world
you go to. People have somebody with
them the entire time. Jonas Bjorkman
and Jay Berger, it strikes me both
these players, we talk about
superstar coaches, both players have
Very much so, they
have both been around a long time,
Jay Berger from a different
generation than Jonas Bjorkman but
both top ten players. Both
understand the game well and both
good communicators. All well and
good having the knowledge, but if
you can't get it across to your
You don't like the idea you
might be able to communicate with
your player from the side of the
court? It already goes on enough,
but the Open to the public had phone
person to we see it in Formula one
whether pit can talk to the driver
and you see it on the women's tour
but you don't like it for the men.
No, I think one of the great
traditions in our sport, you have
got to work it out for yourself, it
is one against one. You have to
understand your opponent's strengths
and weaknesses, the strategy and how
you come up with the solutions. So
some of the innovations that have
been talked about, I think could be
beneficial, but for me, definitely
not on court coaching.
Delicate, it was brushed, the
top-spin, drive volley.
Lob, lob. We
saw it good one-handed backhand
drive volley yesterday from Grigor
Dimitrov, but this is not easy for a
man over six foot five.
He just gives 100% all the time,
doesn't he, Cilic? Intensity about
the man each time he comes out to
He is laying down a lot of shoe
rubber, Marin Cilic, he has been
pushed and pulled from side to side
and brought in a couple of times on
the drop shot.
I hope Cilic is not discouraged by
missing the backhand volley because
I think with Sock playing the slice
backhand from the back of the court,
there is a chance to sneak in. Put
the ball away at the net.
So the number five in the world
Marin Cilic who lost to the young
sensation Sascha Zverev is 3-2 up
against Jack Sock, ninth in the
world. He lost to Roger Federer. So
this is a battle. It doesn't sound
right when you say it battle of the
losers, but it is the battle of the
first losers and under this format,
they can still go on and win the
event. This is the round-robin
format. This is what we have got
tomorrow afternoon. The battle of
the men who won their first matches
in the other group, the Sampras
Group. It is on air at two p:m..
Join us for Grigor Dimitrov versus
David Goffin who benefited from a
subpar Nadal, not in terms of
effort, but physicality, his right
knee causing him trouble and he had
to pull out. Pablo Carreno Busta has
taken his fellow Spaniard's position
and he is no pushover and he can
also qualified for the semifinal and
he can go ahead and win for the
ultimate position. He will start off
against Dominic Thiem. And Sam
Querrey who was first ultimate -- it
was second ultimate is now first
ultimate, you never know, you have
to be ready. And you get stand-by
prize money. It used to be $50,000.
That is nice. Hit a view balls in
the morning, rest well, get your
Christmas shopping done!
That is the order of play for
November the 15th tomorrow, that is
my birthday, fair warning!
63? Yes! Not my age, the year
I was born! You will be coming up to
50, which you?
Only just have 40!
And a bit!
That is right, it was a
surprise, wasn't it? With all the
candles. That was ages ago!
Andrew, catching you up fast!
UMPIRE: Ball called in.
Could you classify that as on court
coaching when he asks the player box
is how they saw the ball?
No, he is
not guiding or advising. Well, you
are probably right. Told you so!
UMPIRE: Mr Sock has two challenges
UMPIRE: Mr Cilic challenge the call.
The ball is called in.
He is certainly quick, isn't he,
Sock? Anticipation. Cilic should
have made that one. He is a powerful
unit, Jack Sock, six foot three. A
lot of muscle mass and a lot of
We have seen it quite a lot this
week, the returning position and
second serve. Some of the guys going
a long, long way back. On an indoor
court, I'm just not convinced.
It is better used as a change, just
a change of view that the server has
rather than consistently being back
Unless you hurt your dosh on
machine hitch a return of serve to
within four feet of the baseline --
on machine hitch your return of
serve to within four feet of the
baseline. And a second serve, you
want to be offensive. Anyone
immediately defensive. -- and then
you are immediately defensive.
That is much better!
Yes, that is
it! There is a buzz that goes around
the place when he does that. He hits
that some hard. He made one and he
missed one. But it is the message
that if you serve a second serve to
me, I might do that to you. That is
where you hope to get the reward
later on in the match. 4-3. Jack
Sock was a Doubles champion in 2014
and a lot of people will not know
much about him, he grew up in Kansas
and he was born in Nebraska, the
heart of the Midwest. Kansas City,
Kansas. And Kansas City Missouri, he
was in the Kansas bit. They had been
talking about him in America for a
long time, but to fly up to top ten
in the world and become the first
American since 2011, Mardy Fish, to
make the season-ending championship,
that will make news in the States.
Absolutely and he was 24 in the
world during Paris and he went all
the way to the title and he jumped
in at number nine.
No idea he could
make it to the season-ending
championships so what a great honour
for him. Cilic has qualified a
number of times and he is on a four
match losing streak at the moment. A
three-time qualifier, Cilic.
Just the one title to his name this
year in Istanbul. Consistency has
taken him up the rankings.
Sock posting good numbers on a
serve, 71% first serves in the
court. And when it goes in, he is
winning 76%. Not so much success on
the second serve, only winning 29%
of points. But at 4-4 at the
business end, this is where it is
going to count.
Controlled aggression from the back
of the court from Sock. You would
like to think if he got a second
serve, he could do that with the
For a professional player, that is
criminal. Second serve at 30-30. He
just missed it narrowly. But he
You don't get too many second
chances at this level. Cilic, 5-4.
Cilic has had a number of coaches
over the years and one was up bright
when he went into the top ten for
the first time and he is quite a
sensitive chap, Cilic. One of the
things you said was, he listened to
everybody rather than continuing to
do what had got him into the top
ten. He was listening to everybody
and trying to add what they were
saying to his game rather than the
same, I'm fine, thanks, I'm in the
top ten. Easily done to listen to
people who either don't know what
they are talking about or who have
the best intentions.
there are always a lot of opinions
out there because there is so much
interest in the game globally. But
when he has played his best tennis
like the semifinal and the final in
the US Open when he won in 2014, it
was the clarity of thought, hitting
the spots on his serve, stepping up
to the baseline, ripping the ground
strokes. And when he plays like
that, he is really capable of
beating anyone. When there is
indecision that creeps in mentally,
perhaps he chooses the wrong shot
and he gets a little passive. That
is when the problems start. But now
he has his nose in front and he has
done well to turn it around. Lost
his serve in the first game and he
has not had the best run recently.
The US Open victory in 2014, the
only five set match he had because
he beat Kei Nishikori easily, was
against Giles Simon. A lot of people
have had five set matches against
the Frenchman, but he also beat
Tomas Berdych and Federer, that was
lovely, you don't win Grand Slams on
It is not the start you want from
Jack Sock. Unusual to play the shot
on the backhand side, why?
bringing someone who is six foot
five into the net. A high risk
UMPIRE: Once again, please don't use
cameras with a flash, thank you.
The compact nature of this forehand,
he skips over at even at that late
point and he looks like you should
be playing a backhand, he has just
developed a great deal of power and
a relatively compact swing.
the drop shot was a good tactic.
Certainly going back behind a big
man, getting him to change
direction, that is good play.
That is a brutal blow. Great
footwork as well from the American,
The only American in the field, the
only non-European. Jay Berger,
former World Number 7. In the Sock
camp, as coach.
A shove past, this one. A nice piece
of improvisation. Keeps Sock with
some interest in this game.
Now fully interested in this, this
call has changed.
That is superb. Cilic knew nothing
about the first volley, little about
the second. The drive volley was
good after the serve. A flip, and
that was good enough. Sock is
playing so well. Confidence.
A bit of a crosspatch with the
language. Frustration. Not making
his opponent play the ball there.
Reckons he had the wrong group. --
Break point, saved with a dead net
cord applauded by his coach. Just
about got away with it. He had 30-
love in that game, Sock did well to
turn it into a game, but then a
fleeting moment in a must win match
for both players. Not absolutely by
mathematics and must win match but
it is likely to be a match that has
to be a must win. This is the Boris
Becker group of course. Tomorrow,
Grigor Dimitrov in the afternoon.
is definitely a little bit punchy
and energy out there, Jack Sock.
He's trying to keep his emotions in
check and when you get the break
point opportunity in the first set
and your opponent hits the dead net,
it's not going to do you any good
It's certainly going to be
a wind-up but he is fighting hard.
He did well to get himself back in
there and when you are on a winning
run, it's like a winning habit and
you expect things to go your way.
It's the best feeling in the world.
When people say do you miss playing,
most people say they miss winning.
When everything you trained for this
coming right for you. To be back in
the number ten in the world, it must
be thrilling for Jack Sock.
Well done. Tough shot.
It's a great
rally from Cilic and set up by the
return of serve. He hit the backhand
and put the pressure on. A good
tactic earlier at this stage in the
three of 12 now.
Five points in a row from the net
cord. How quickly things can turn
Can't believe you picked
Sock to win this.
That is good work. Good work, Marin
Cilic. Feet inside the baseline,
striking the ball cleanly.
with no sugar, Andrew.
Yeah, OK. No
Cilic finding depth and the ball has
gone way up into the fourth tier
between the two layers of corporate
hospitality here. And I don't know
whether it was coincidence or not,
but Sock has teed ball into the air
where there was quite a lot of noise
coming from earlier on but there we
He has been boiling, like the
Give me a break!
There's a long way to go. It's about
time you won one of those anyway.
What do you make of that?
being more aggressive from the
baseline. But for me the serving
statistics for these two guys will
be the most important element. Cilic
winning 63% on second serve, Sock
But you are not looking at
those graphics, you are looking at
the computer we have got.
I know, I
find those a bit tricky.
It might be
my age but I just cannot work it
out. Here is something I can
understand. At the top, Cilic is
white letters, so he is 68%
Cilic won 63% of
his second serve poisons whereas
Jack Sock only won 25% and that's
where he was able to have an impact
in the last game to get break of
serve. This will be a test of
character right now because we
talked about it, Sock looking tetchy
on the court, a bit ragged, end of a
long season but at this event he has
to knuckle down.
And he's thinking,
I could be at Augusta playing with
my friend John Isner.
I know which
one I would choose.
You have played
Augusta, haven't you? How do you get
away with it?
It's not what you
How did you play when you
played it? What was it like?
Difficult. It was amazing.
mountainous compared to what it
looks like on the telly?
different, but it was an amazing
Jack Sock's coach, Jay
Berger. OK, here we go, second set.
I was just going to say
during that first service point from
Cilic, I don't think he does himself
any favours when he stands up the
line bouncing the ball for so long.
In the last game it was 18 times.
Why would you...
Standing there that
long just builds up tension.
habit though, isn't it? Sergio
Garcia was gripping and couldn't get
on with the motion, a bit yippy.
It builds up tension and it's just
rather annoying to watch, when you
start from here. There's two, three,
14, 15... Thanks for drawing
our attention to that by the way,
I thought Cilic did well to get the
challenge in having missed the shot.
UMPIRE: The point stands. Deuce.
Mr Cilic has two challenges
Good reaction from Cilic, big first
serve of 133 mph. Aggressive with
the forehand and you can hear him
trying to fire himself up, to keep
the momentum going. Doesn't want to
It's not a shot that the players
used to play -- that the players
play like they used to. A lot of
players found wanting with the
Costly miss, relatively easy
overhead at deuce. Sock breaks. Fine
response to losing the first set.
Stew about the overheads, isn't it?
Some press won Wimbledon and was
mobbed 34 times -- lobbed 34 times
and won all of the points. Novak has
missed a few overheads, it's just
not a shot they play quite so much.
If you are not at the net so often,
you won't get as many volleys or
That is the lady that was on the
line when Serena Williams was in the
US Open, you will remember.
Quarter of an hour played, just
under. In the second set, both games
He set the pattern and steals the
momentum of the start of the second
set after losing the first.
Playing with a bit of freedom after
winning those first two games. Such
a relief when you get them under
A bit like timid trough's
-- a bit like Grigor Dimitrov's,
That was the point of the
week for me. I can't remember the
It was 3-3 in the
third, he just chopped the likes off
it and dropped it back over the net.
-- chopped the legs off eight.
Soc has obviously got some good
volleying skills, you've talked
about being Wimbledon champion. Only
been to the net six times in the
match but he's won five of those
So, this is the Boris Becker group
as I was saying, Federer and Zverev
later on. Last night Rafael Nadal,
the questions over his knee proved
to be fair game. Just the one match
and pulled out. Over the last 13
years, Nadal at the ATP finals, he's
given his best every time he's
played but not always able to. In
2010, when he was runner up here, he
beat Novak Djokovic, Tomas
Berdych... Lost to Federer. So he
was a finalist in 2010 because he
has never won this event. Runner-up
in 2013. He lost to Novak Djokovic
in the final. Then the semifinals in
2015 where he defeated Murray once
again. Lost to Novak Djokovic. Sadly
this year retired with injury, and
David Goffin who did great to get
past Nadal although we know he was
injured. Just out warming up today.
Injury problems on his left knee. If
he wandered past you on the Jubilee
line, you would think, why isn't
that kid at school? He's such an
innocuous little thing and a
wonderful tennis player. Not sure
who he is practising with but his
great addition. You do not have to
be a six and a half foot monster to
this game, with respect to Marin
Cilic. But I do love watching Goffin
play. I think he's manning the doors
here or something. Very slight.
Go on, sun! He gets all fired up
about those things. That will live
in the crowd up. Forget Fleetwood
Mac and the others that have been
here, if you want a noise, it comes
out the umpire's mouth, on the
You normally talk about the wrist
snap on the server, there is a
certain amount on that forehand.
Choosing not to play so much Doubles
any more. He plays now and again
with Vasek Pospisil, of Canada. They
were fantastic, any short ball, Jack
used that sure hands to go through
people. You would not want to be in
the way, would you? -- used that
And the bigger man is having to
cover some court. They have been out
there for one hour and 15 minutes.
The end of a long season. You wonder
whether fatigue could play a part.
That is just concentration.
If you have paid for the whole
racket Comey you might as well use
it. Not much to drink in this point
He went the wrong way,
didn't he, Sock? As it turns out.
Whichever way he went, he needed to
hit a better shot.
Smothering the ball on the return,
Sock getting a little predictable
going out wide.
ready for that one. A couple of
shots on the frame from Cilic, that
was certainly down the middle.
Mike's older brother, Eric wolf.
Sock, I meant to say.
Cilic perhaps wondering whether
early in the rally, he might have
stopped and challenged.
I think you
might have been complaining about
the mis-hit, which is a little rich
after his point. Earlier.
He is quite right, Mohamed Lahyani.
Jack is always keen... Just bringing
him up now! -- he is just bringing
him up now!
You are supposed to challenge in a
I thought it was Jon Voight for a
How is this for the fourth game? 29
minutes played already. In the
second set alone.
It is going to
test them physically, but I think it
could test Sock mentally, just
looking at little bit fragile.
Nothing flamboyant from Jack Sock on
the past, the drop shot. 1-4 in this
set by my reckoning. Finally brings
Cilic in and he wins one, but he
went for the forehand instead of the
lob or any touch play. If in doubt,
go for basics.
Oh, and this time, that really does
pay off! That was a clean win.
Perseverance. The break is
It can be a habit, can't it? Plain
drop shot. -- playing drop shots. A
bit like Andre Agassi in the old
days, it was just an elastic band
that was tied. It just took
vibration out of the racket and it
gives you a more solid feel. Some
like it and some don't. Did you use
one of those? No. Some racket be
like they need.
I found it made it
feel a little bit dead. And I felt
it on the strings Bollywood. --
It has been a role reversal in the
set. Cilic dominating in the first
set. Only one in eight in the second
Murray Christmas! He has not served
a double fault all match. Three in
four points. It has got to be
mental, hasn't it? I mean, it is
I don't think that was bad played by
Sock, 15-40, break point second
serve, looking to be aggressive. He
made Cilic come up with the past.
Sock on his way to wrapping up the
second set. Second break. It is
amazing as a professional, you think
these guys are just tennis players
and it is just a game, it is a
profession for them it is a game,
they go around the world and it
looks glamorous, lovely you see the
pretty pictures. Their contracts are
massive and everything is sweet with
the world. But in the middle of this
year, Jack Sock was not in term all
but he certainly would have been
questioning himself. He lost in the
first round of Cincinnati, the first
round of the US Open the Jordan
Thompson, he went all the way to
China and he lost in three sets and
he stayed in China and he played in
Shanghai and he lost. Again, the
reset. He had to retire in that.
Then he flew back over to Europe,
practising every day and beating
correctly and trying to do the right
thing. Frustration builds. He was
able to win a match in Stockholm. A
couple of matches in Basel. He goes
on to Paris with no particular
expectations apart from just play
well if it can and to finish the
year. By one down final set against
Kyle Edmund in his first match, he
comes back and he wins it because he
is a writer and he qualifies here.
It is a bit of a story! -- fighter.
You just have to persevere. Yes, you
certainly do coming you never know
what is around the corner. You have
to stick in through the bond is in
the road. It is long year and he
certainly did save the best till
He has the wedding of John
Isner to look forward to. John
Isner's fiance, seem wife, her
father is a member of Augusta. That
is how they got on to the course. --
soon-to-be wife. That is something
to look forward to at another time,
no doubt. A lot of tennis players
get married around November,
December, a lot of winter weddings,
that is like yours. Wrong session!
Both players disagreeing. Cilic
waiting in the box. Sock waiting in
the deuce box.
Jack Sock resisting
UMPIRE: Mr Cilic has one challenge
I think Cilic is looking at the
third set and saying, let's get this
second set over and done with.
Horrible game to lose serve, three
double faults and a missed forehand.
He is bleeding here. Sit, take a
seed, can you change, can you come
One of the ball boys has got
a little cut on his or her hand.
Nicolas Mahut had that happened to
him. He touched one of the hoardings
around the court and it was either a
staple or a nail. He cut his hands
badly. Two fingers. In the Doubles,
he was bleeding all over the show.
think what has happened, they got a
bit of blood on the ball.
more careful where you bleed! You're
right, he is just resting over their
with a towel. I remember somebody
else bleeding when Marin Cilic was
playing a final in Queen's and he
kicked a hoarding. He ended up
defaulting and Cilic winning it.
Even though Cilic is looking at the
third set, he will want to hold
serve here just so that it makes
Sock serve it out and he can serve
first in the third.
He's got a fine record in London,
Marin Cilic, by year, he lost the
Lopez. He had a match point. And his
final run at Wimbledon this year.
Did you have a trans-to see Zverev
play the other day? He looks the
real deal. -- a chance to see. Cilic
was 3-1 in the final set. Zverev
doesn't go away, Bridge 20-year-old,
he is remarkable.
He got a little
bit frustrated but he channelled
that in the right manner and he was
able to turn that third set around.
I saw him play on the clay in Rome
where he won his first Masters 1,000
and again in Montreal where he again
beat Federer in the final. And he is
going to be around for a long time.
One of the areas where he will
improve its overrule consistency and
that will come with a little more
experience and more maturity. -- is
The six time
champion Roger Federer taking on the
debutant Sascha Zverev a little
later. His beat very much on the
ground, Zverev. A professional. His
mum tells him of when they need to
and so does his older brother. His
life has certainly changed. He
sticks to the challenge and is not
affected by everything. He has a
beautiful backhand, superb, he can
do anything on that side. And so
much he can still improve on as well
so that is exciting for later. We
look forward to watching what could
be a very attractive tennis match
tomorrow on BBC Two, Grigor Dimitrov
against David Goffin. Not sure what
the mathematics are at this point,
but I should think the winner of
that is certainly guaranteed a
semifinal place. Sue Barker is very
good at the mathematics and the
permutations, she will take us
through every nuance of every
She always explains it
with such clarity!
O, such class!
UMPIRE: The ball was called out.
It doesn't affect play, it was a
Really quick work he off the drop
shot. Cilic covering an awful lot of
ground in a lost cause, eventually.
And that is it, one set all. The
third time already. The Singles of
the ATP finals. He doesn't know
which way the toilet is! Somebody
will escort him. It is a massive
place and if you go off in the wrong
direction, you will never be seen a
game. A huge arena. Different levels
and bits and bobs. Here we go,
having looked at that, macro.
they will read it. Interpret that.
Ill ever- all in winners and Cilic
making more unforced errors. 14-7.
Sock effective at the net, seven out
of ten. Faster serve, not really
interested. Points won, number of
shots under five. Sock making Cilic
run for the drop shot which is
probably annoying Cilic at this
stage of the year.
I just want to
say I think you are doing a
Now, that is
important. Complete role reversal,
Sock winning 64% of second serves on
his serve and Cilic who dominated in
the first set of me winning 23. Put
it there, good job! You probably
would get a GCSE you probably would
get a GCSE you probably would get a
GCSE these days.
You certainly need
one to work out what is going on.
What you make of the break points at
the bottom? It is like my heart
rate! A little bit too flat.
stages of both sets have been
important. A couple of breaks in the
first set. Early break in the second
set and Sock was able to take
advantage. I think with a break
here, the first couple of games,
Cilic will want to keep his nose in
front and do a better job on second
serves. And we have got a one set
And a reminder that
because of the nature of this event,
it is because you lose your first
match, it you are certainly not out
of it, it is all to play for. Both
players lost their first matches.
The 20-year-old Zverev beat Marin
Cilic and six time champion Roger
Federer beat Jack Sock but still it
is possible to get through this
group. The runner-up in this group
will play the winner of the other
group and vice versa. So everybody
is acting like Roger Federer has
donated this already, it is donated
to Roger each year, but he has to go
and burn it. He has only got one
victory so lots of permutations
still available. Nadal of course was
out last night, it looked like he
was struggling on court. Not so much
limping everywhere because he was
not demonstrating his injury, he was
doing his best. Not really getting
many first serve is, his average
speeds were down and acceleration
out of the corners were not so good
so he has finished and Pablo Carreno
Busta takes his place. So a Spaniard
for a Spaniard. And this is the only
American in the ATP finals. The
first American since Monty Fish in
2011. -- Mardy Fish. Back on the
court. The lights will go up and we
will be ready to go. Each player has
their own dedicated locker rooms and
very fancy it is as well!
So one set
shoot out. $191,000 for them. For
each win? A Cup of tea for you and
That is about right, isn't it?
It's a grand start, isn't it? Hold
to love after a break. Demonstrating
his keenness. It's not exactly a
Rafa sprint to the back of the court
but it will do. Another graphic. He
is going up in the rankings.
That's the beauty of the scoring
system in tennis, Sock dominated the
second set, played seven sets of
this third set and Cilic has won six
of them. Aggressive, positive, on
the front foot. Half chance here on
the Sock serve.
Seven out of eight points. Started
Having a little chat down the other
end, Jack Sock, to his support
There have been notable falls
in the match, then suddenly six in
the last couple of service games. --
there have been no double faults.
That's going to be another one for
Good work. Off pace, backhand slice,
fading away as well and the racket
has gone. He was two sets down to
Cilic and beat him in the Davis Cup
quarterfinal last year.
wondering whether I had a selection.
Earl Grey, PG...
Lapsang Su suchong. The momentum
with Cilic, Sock with a bit of a
crisis on his hands.
showing here with Cilic. Sock
leaving the court, Cilic had time to
compose himself and 12 points into
this set he has won 11.
start. Great start. 11 minutes for
the first three games. Getting all
of his first serves in winning all
but one. Totally dominant. It's
amazing how it turns around. You can
switch off for a second.
for the first set, 55 for the
second, even though it was only 6-2
indoors. That's pretty slow, but 11
minutes of this third set and Cilic
has the match by the scruff of the
neck, but we have probably said that
before. 3-1 up against Zverev, he
came out on the losing side that
Keen not to have a repeat. It
is a long season. Not making excuses
for the players, but to concentrate
for that long, they probably play on
average 24, 25 tournaments,
possibly. The Davis Cup as well. It
gets to this stage in the year, they
are looking forward to a few weeks
off but this is one big last effort.
Such an important tournament as
well. Such an arm to play in it.
Davis Cup stalwart for the United
States, Jack Sock. He needs to use
the energy of the crowd or fire them
up. It will feel like a long way
back but one step at a time on that
first steps must be to hold serve.
Leaping to his left, 100 mph
He's in the departure lounge, isn't
Oh yes, great tennis. It is kind of
all or nothing at the moment for
Jack Sock, isn't it?
It is still very much alive contest.
Sock does need to break back. He has
broken three times in this match so
you can expect him to get at least
one opportunity on one Cilic service
It's understandable, Sock
trying to get his forehand into
play. When you go down the line to
your opponent's forehand, it leaves
you vulnerable. He paid the price on
Definitely would like that shot
back. An option to go either way and
at 30-15 the ball goes over the net
and he wins the point he's in a
strong position, but now it is at
He knows the importance of this
I bet Bjorkman is sitting
there feeling some deja vu.
They have been quite quiet, don't
tell them to be
it's a tremendous effort from Sock
who appeared out of it. It just has
been the case recently, as dad looks
on, whenever he appears out of it he
keeps fighting. He probably can't
believe it himself. He's been the
hardest man to beat throughout
Paris. OK, lost to Roger Federer.
6-4, 7-6, so not bad entertainment.
Looking up, as the players take 90
seconds. Great venue. I don't know
where they are going to move it to
after this. Hard to imagine they
could find a venue which offers more
and provides bigger audiences for
the tennis players at the end of the
year. It is the world's most popular
music venue. Certainly sells more
tickets than anyone else. Mickey
Flanagan has just done 12 nights as
well. Sometimes the statistics come
up. That could be helpful, couldn't
It could but I'd rather he had
his eyes on the court focusing on
his next service game. He won the
second sets, looked pretty relaxed,
then came back and lost. Cilic will
be frustrated with the service game
he lost, and easy forehand in the
middle of the court, made an
unforced error and that gave Sock an
opportunity to establish himself in
Wouldn't that be a bit
off-putting if that thing starts
flopping about a bit? Don't look at
me like that, it is just a question.
I thought you were going to say
could that get in the way of some of
your shots, and I was going to say,
the way you hate it, it probably
-- the way you
That surprised Cilic, the body
He's a big man, when you get
a little bit nervous, a bit tight,
the footwork is probably the first
thing to go. If you are hit by a
first serve, that's one thing, but
hit by a second serve.
We sit here sometimes trying to
analyse and make predictions, I feel
we are getting to the stage where we
might as well guess. It's getting to
the stage where we know what's going
to happen, where the momentum is.
One minute Cilic has got it, now
Sock has won three games in a row.
3- love service game is for Cilic
but a bit of a cramp in the other
concentration for these players.
Each afternoon session here on the
BBC. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin
tomorrow, the final on Sunday
afternoon. Then this particular
configuration of the O2 will come
down and it turns back into a music
venue. On Tuesday with a band called
Queen's Of The Stone Age. No? Not
even going to make a guess? It is a
different sort of rock and you and I
are not the target market. But the
players enjoyed playing here, the
crowd have not been overly engaged
in this match as they would be with
Federer or Nadal, but it is
important for both of these players.
Marin Cilic suffered 3-1 up the
other day, you feel his struggle. He
has lost for -- four matches in a
When you lose a match like
that, you really want another
opportunity and with the round robin
format he has got that. Now being
back on serve, you feel if he were
to lose this match it would be in a
worse position than after his first.
It's been a fine year whatever
happens here, but you want to go
into the off-season with feelings of
joy and happiness at the way you
It's admirable, just sticking to the
task. Really just one let down in
this set. Concentration is
everything in the game and tennis is
pretty staccato. 20, 25 seconds
between points, just have to keep
going. Federer Zverev, Cilic and
Sock. The other group is the Pete
Sampras group, we will be enjoying
tennis from that tomorrow. Nadal is
out, has withdrawn with a right knee
injury. Grigor Dimitrov will be
playing and now Pablo Carreno Busta.
This does appear to be a little
quicker this year than in some of
And I sense after Cilic's
tough loss to Zverev, he wants to
play these final few games on his
terms. The last few service game is
very aggressive, good body language,
really trying to impose himself.
When he gets a little bit placid,
that is when the footwork gets
static, a few mishits. So with Sock
serving to stay in the match, you
would think Cilic will be looking to
make an impact early in this game.
That keeps him in the game.
two on net calls and the first was
on break point in the first set. It
keeps him in this game.
UMPIRE: Mr Cilic challenged the
call. Great service line, the ball
was called in.
His feet got stuck in the mud. A big
man. A bit of nervous tension. It
was only 109 mph. Well-placed.
Cilic going back crosscourt. Playing
himself into trouble here, perhaps
down the line was the play. You
don't have long in that situation to
make that decision. That is a good
hold from 30- all.
UMPIRE: Net. Second service.
It is amazing that in this set, that
is five love service game is for
That is very unusual, isn't
it? Of course, there was the dropped
serve this game as well. Good effort
from Jack Sock last time to get
through, there was the body serve at
30-30 and he is being put under the
most pressure here. He likes these
close matches, he has won both
matches with Cilic and he came from
two sets down in a Davis Cup 2016 to
win in five. Won 43 setters to make
his first final at Indian Wells this
year on his favoured hard court.
Quite a competitor, Jack.
about right a tie-break could decide
the outcome of this set and this
match. Very up and down. They have
both had their moments.
It is going
to be a test of nerve, the final set
tie-break, if Sock can just hold one
Tennis is not always spectacular,
but the competition extremely
intense. Goffin and Nadal last night
was great fun. We enjoyed watching
Grigor Dimitrov yesterday afternoon
and Dominic Thiem. Gruelling
patrician! -- patrician. Serving to
stay in the match for a second time,
So a tie-break, it is! Jack Sock
answers the question for a second
time in a row under pressure. 4-5
and 5-6. So a straight shoot out,
normal tie-break, the first to
It is a must win for both players
Just a way, sliced backhand deep
into the corner from Sock,
challenged. Just floated a bit long.
Not an easy call for the line judge
with the ball being close to the
line and also Cilic being in the
Good call! He is pretty pleased with
that, isn't he?
He just wants to
break out into a big, beaming smile.
Won a lot of matches lately, Jack
Cilic driving himself on, his 13th
ace. Nothing between them.
Well, Sock playing Cilic in with a
short ball, it was neither a drop
shot or a full-blooded ground
stroke, it was a push! Cilic stayed
cool. Good footwork. An area that
has looked ropey on occasion. But
that is great, he is handling his
Oh, that was some good fortune from
Cilic! A heavily sliced half squash
shot just catching the top of the
net and it stayed even lower as the
pace was taken off the ball. That
was lucky. With that grip, Jack Sock
not quite able to get underneath the
Next two points on the Cilic serve.
This ball is bouncing from Cilic and
it would be interesting to watch, he
is bound to be a little bit nervous.
I don't... Oh!
That is some wicket court speed from
Jack Sock who had the presence of
mind to play down the line. This was
beautifully controlled. Cilic left
stranded, expecting perhaps
crosscourt here. Sock is going to
check to see where this net is made.
Four on big points.
Oh, no, he has lost both those
points, Cilic! His nerves fraying.
It feels like the first time that
Sock has been ahead in this set.
It changed at 4-2 down, Jack Sock,
who has played so many matches and
won so many recently. Fantastic
effort to win four straight and you
feel for Marin Cilic. Two match
And that is it! Backhand, long from
Cilic, Sock gains a victory and
keeps his hopes alive of further
success at the ATP Finals. Fantastic
match. He has always beaten Cilic
before and he has done it again
somehow, on the final set tie-break.
He's got the winning habit, the
Ladies and gentlemen, show your
appreciation for Marin Cilic!
The chances he had against Zverev
the other day, 3-1 up the final set.
And these chances he had, Cilic 3-0
up, final set. At 4-2 up in the
tie-break. Lost two service points
in the middle of the tie-break. As
he leaves this court, he knows his
chances of going through to the
semifinals, they are either slim or
non-. The disappointment of losing
two straight matches, quite tough to
swallow. For the man who has always
done so well in London. Jack Sock,
the story is still unfolding this
week. He played well against Roger
Federer. Picked up a set. That
victory keeps the his hopes. In the
Group Boris Becker. He will still
play Zverev and in with a shout of
making the semifinals here. A
fantastic debut for him. Always
feels good to win a close match in a
third set tie-break. So let's get
his thoughts after that most
Congratulations, that was just an
amazing match, fantastic atmosphere,
how did you get the win?
That was a tough one, for sure! It
has been an interesting morning so
far, the fire alarm went off in our
hotel at 4am and we had to exit the
building! A long morning. But it has
been amazing atmosphere here, I love
playing in London and have amazing
memories here from Wimbledon Doubles
and now playing here. I love playing
in front of the fans here. It makes
me feel like home, just excited to
get a win and keep myself alive.
Talk is through the tie-break, you
must have been wondering if it was a
Croatian net with the two leg calls,
but you found your best tennis.
and a break point early in the
match, but that is tennis and I have
hit my fair share, you have got to
deal with it. I was happier for that
one and I was able to sleep that
point out. But he is having an
amazing season, Marin, we have had
close matches, but I keep my hopes
alive this week.
We saw a bit of
everything tonight, the forehand
firing, sliced backhands and drop
shots. But you seem to love the big
stage and able to produce your best
tennis when you need it most.
my coach growing up said I always
love playing in front of people. I
played a different style with the
forehand and the slices. I like to
use my athleticism out there so
always a lot going on. I maybe don't
even know what I'm going to do
sometimes, it keeps it fun and
excited for the next one.
we look forward to more Showtime
from you, Jack Sock, well done!
STUDIO: He was given a difficult
time today by Marin Cilic, that did
run to the end, so difficult to pick
a winner. Just looking at Marin
Cilic and going off court again
losing a match that he had in the
palm of his hands, Tim.
Very much so
and we talked about it in
commentary, deja vu. He played an
amazing start to the first set to
win 12 of the first 13 points and
going up 3-0. He has had a lot of
matches by the Schruff of the neck
and sloppy points and maybe nervous
tension and he is a big guy and he
can move very well. But when he gets
nervous, he gets more static with
his beat and he made a couple of
unforced errors to drop his serve
when he was up 3-1 and it is
anyone's match and you get to a
third set tie-break. It can be a
spin of the coin or a net call and
it was Sock who came out on top and
that is a reflection of his current
form, on the back of the Masters
1,000 in Paris. He is confident with
the winds under his belt and he
deserved it in the end.
talk about the physical side of the
players, but this illustrated the
mental side of how important that is
because he just outed himself at the
He is giving of
that air that he is doubting himself
and he is going to lose". That is
what happens with doubt. You see his
coach Jonas Bjorkman, he is like
this trying to keep his mind going
and you sense Cilic is a bit
delicate and a bit frail. He
completed his set of quarterfinals
at the major championships this year
and he was a finalist at Wimbledon,
he should not worry. He still has to
play Roger Federer, it doesn't get
easier, I don't believe he has any
chance of going through to the
semifinals now. Keep your head held
high, you made the final eight but
it is going to hurt and he should
have covered the down the line baulk
off the net call but you don't have
much time to make these decisions.
We have all been that! But Jack
Sock, what a forehand! That is a
weapon and a half!
Yes, he has good
variation, he changes pace with the
slice backhand and he is always
heading left because he wants the
big forehand. It is a huge weapon.
He mixes his serve well but if you
said to him, at your biggest
strength on the court is the
forehand, he will definitely get
that into play at every opportunity.
He did have to dig deep, Jack, he
looked tired a little bit.
And he is
talking to Jay Berger and his team,
I he has his mum and dad and older
brother here and his girlfriend,
they are all talking. He is one of
those players, he likes to go away
and come back to the match. But
winning is a habit and he's got it
and he's got a chance to do some
damage, he has the time of his life.
He is still in it and it keeps his
hopes of a semifinal alive. We will
be back at 2pm on BBC Two when we
have Grigor Dimitrov against Goffin
who conquered Ruby macro last night.
But the big news, Andrew Castle has
won the commentary box challenge and
a cup of tea from Tim Henman as his
man Jack Sock won threw in three
sets, it was a real roller-coaster
and we hope you enjoyed it.
Pitifully done. Two breaks to open
up. That is superb! Good work, Marin
A must-win match for both players,
frankly. Sock on his way to wrapping
up the second set.
We going the distance here! Sock
gets the victory here and keeps his
Sue Barker presents live coverage of Marin Cilic v Jack Sock on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals.
The eight-day tournament brings the curtain down on the men's tennis season for 2017 and Spain's Rafael Nadal looks a good bet to claim his first ever title at London's O2 Arena.
Nadal took his Grand Slam tally to 16 with his third US Open victory in New York in September to underline his form heading to the capital.