Day 3 - Marin Cilic v Jack Sock Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 3 - Marin Cilic v Jack Sock

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The most nervous point I have seen

in a long, long time.

That was

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nervous!

And it is Goffin who

strikes first.

And it is Rafael

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Nadal who takes us into a decider.

We salute Nadal for fighting on.

I

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know that was probably the last

match of the season. I'm off, my

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season is finished.

Good afternoon,

Rafael Nadal down and out in Paris

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and London as the world number one

had to withdraw from the tournament

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after his loss to Goffin last night.

That is the big talking point. We do

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have ten is coming up for you this

afternoon as Marin Cilic takes on

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Jack Sock but first back to the big

story. Andrew and Tim are with me.

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Andrew, you predicted it.

When I

spoke with him on Thursday at the

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launch and I said how is your needs,

you don't like to say too much about

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it in front of the other players, he

just said "I am here" but it wasn't

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terribly enthusiastic. There was a

lot in his eye that said it wasn't

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right. Then I watched him play last

night and he wasn't recovering from

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the sides and corners. Corners he

wouldn't have found himself in it he

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was fully fit so he wasn't giving

his best. Great effort but he wasn't

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able to play his best tennis. A

pretty good effort for Nadal to be

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here even for one match.

Because you

know this is such an unforgiving

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surface?

Yes, and the accumulation

of playing so many matches and

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coming onto a hard court, it is very

grippy and put the extra stress on

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what is already a weakness. Rafa was

able to give it a shot but you felt

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the writing was on the wall. I feel

first and foremost disappointed for

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him because he's the number one

player in the world, he's had such a

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good year. It's tough for the

tournament, there are new sponsors

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here in London and they've already

had quite a few players missing from

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this event so it is frustrating but

we certainly have some other good

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players to concentrate on now.

He

fought so hard last night, it was a

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very emotional evening but this is

what Rafa had to say in his press

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conference.

I am off. My season is

finished. I had a commitment with

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the event, with the city, with

myself. I tried hard. I did the

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things I had to do to try to be

ready to play but I am really not

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ready to play. The pain and... I

cannot hold with enough power to

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keep playing. I tried but it really

doesn't make sense. Even winning,

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even losing, I'm going to pull out

because I was not enjoying on court

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at all. It was not fun to play like

this and I really believe that I

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don't deserve after this great

season to spend two more days on

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court with this terrible feeling. So

thank you very much. Merry

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Christmas, everyone, and see you

next year.

Merry Christmas to you

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too, Rafa, and thank you for being

part of such a memorable season

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because 12 months ago I don't think

anyone would have predicted what

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Rafa would do.

Why does the Aussie

open always produce such great

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matches. Nadal 3-1 up in the final

set of the final and it was one of

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the matches of the year, he and

Federer were setting records once

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again and these relatively old guys

now just continued to produce tennis

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to thrill. If Nadal needs to take a

few weeks off, bless him, you want

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to see him back. You cannot really

imagine the sport without him or

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Roger at the top, who knows about

Andy and Novak as well. If Rafa is

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injured long-term and it pushes him

out of the game, he's had so many

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hard years with that knee.

And you

knew this was a wave goodbye.

Yes,

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feeling as bad as he did with his

knee, you knew he was going to pull

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out. It is disappointing to him but

also uncle Tony because I presume he

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will not be travelling next year

with Rafa so was that his last

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tournament with his uncle in his

corner? It's a sad note to finish on

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that as well.

Interesting tweet,

Jamie Murray saying Rafa is a unique

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mammal! And also from Pat Cash

saluting how hard he fought. He was

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weary right the way through it but

nobody fights harder than Rafa.

Well

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Goffin couldn't put him away and the

reason is Rafa may have phenomenal

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tennis but it's his spirit and the

way he conducts himself that makes

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him such a monster at the other end

of the court. I think he will be

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back, he knows how to handle this

injury. I hope so anyway. He knows

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how to recuperate and mix the rest

with the training so we do expect

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him to be back. Nobody has died or

anything, I think he will be back

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and he's had a great year so I don't

think we should feel too sorry for

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him. And I think there's much more

to come.

It's an injury he has had

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on and off for so long and he said

he wants to be back for Brisbane and

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right for the Australian.

With all

of the experience good and bad

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they've learnt over the years, I

mean we look back ten years or

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longer he was playing with tape

around his knees so I'm sure he will

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go away and first and foremost it's

got to be rest, to get off court and

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get off his feet. I'm sure he will

be back on his boat in Majorca to

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relax and get away from things and

then fingers crossed he can start

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not only the rehab but the preseason

to get ready for next year.

When you

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look at all of the injuries, it

seems like the players now really

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need to manage their careers so much

better.

They should do what Roger

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does and take six months off and win

a Grand Slam championship. That was

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one of the achievements of all time.

These are rare athletes that can do

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that, not many people can play their

way into a slam tournament over the

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first week. These guys seem to be

able to do it so they are a class

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apart. You need to know every aspect

of your games. I'm sure Rafa will be

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back. Now of course it gives other

people an opportunity to shine here.

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It's interesting, everyone is

handing the trophy to Roger right

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now but there is a long way to go

and a lot of tennis to be played,

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including today and this is a must

win match for both of these players

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who lost their opener on Sunday,

Jack Sock fresh from his victory in

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Paris two weeks ago into the top

ten. He was 24 before he got to

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Paris in the world rankings, now the

American number one for the first

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time. Up against the big man, Marin

Cilic, the Wimbledon finalist. As I

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say, a must win to keep their hopes

of the semifinal alive.

From Kansas,

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USA, the eighth seed, Jack Sock!

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APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen, winner of 17

career titles including the 2014 US

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Open, this year's Wimbledon

finalist, from Croatia, Marin Cilic!

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APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen, please give a

huge thank you...

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So the players on court, and every

time I see Marin Cilic now I think

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back to horrible pictures of the

Wimbledon final, in floods of tears

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and his dream of playing Roger on

the Centre Court in the biggest

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match of his life just shattered.

It

was exactly that and unusual

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circumstances. He had the blisters,

but the emotion of the day and the

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occasion probably got to him.

Playing someone might Roger who was

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playing at the top of his game, he

never really got looking so what

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could have been one of the greatest

days of his life ended up being a

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different story but he

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still had a great year to qualify

here again. Looking at his opponent,

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Jack Sock, I think the way the round

robin format worked for him against

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Federer was ideal because Sock

against Federer played ten times, I

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think Roger would win ten times. I

was impressed with his performance

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and he's got a lot better,

head-to-head against Marin Cilic.

We

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have the one-handed backhand

yesterday, now it is the battle of

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the forehands.

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Good afternoon, ladies and

gentlemen. I have Fiona here with me

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who will help the flip a coin. Jack,

I will show you the kind. You flip

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the kind please, Fiona. FedEx, your

choice please. Picture please

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together. This is you.

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So the coin toss is over, the

players get ready for the warm up,

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Cilic against Sock, two players who

have fought so hard to get here.

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Obviously this year has been really

successful for me, I've played

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probably the most successful tennis

out of all the seasons I had on the

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ATP world tour and it is definitely

something I was looking for for my

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career.

The start of the year didn't

go so great and then I capped the

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year off with my biggest titles so

far. That was huge, then this on top

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of it is special.

With Jack I have

played twice, he beat me both times,

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both on American soil so now a

little bit different. Hopefully I

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can use my experience to my own

advantage.

I had a good couple of

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matches against him but once again

he's here for the reason, one of the

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top eight guys so I will have to

take my best to him.

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It was incredible, Jack Sock playing

in Paris, coming through and a tight

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final. He lost the opening set.

And

then when he was trying to get two

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breaks up in the final set, he was

completely inspired because he knew

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what was on the line. In his

previous matches including against

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Kyle Edmund, 5-1 down in the third

he had no idea he could be anywhere

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other than Augusta, the Masters golf

course. He had no idea he could be

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in London. Suddenly, come the final

he knew what was on the line.

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Tremendous effort at the last minute

so he's playing with a great deal of

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confidence and I agree with Tim, to

play Federer first is a great warm

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up. I think him getting to the

semifinal is likely to happen.

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Actually Jack was sailing, no other

player rushes him like Federer he

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said today he will have more time to

have his own pattern of play.

Yes,

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when you play Federer on any surface

you will have a lot of reacting

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because Federer is so aggressive. I

thought his movement and defensive

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skills were good. It was really

going after the ball to be defensive

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and he serves well so Cilic from the

back of the court is dangerous. He

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has a big wingspan, he can hit the

ball hard but there's definitely

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been some questions about Cilic

closing out matches. It's important

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he puts that out of his mind and

really focuses on the occasion

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today.

He's got everything, Cilic.

You feel as though he's close to

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being right at the top of the game.

He's got it right a couple of times,

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the US Open 2014 notably when he

beat Nishikori in the final. At

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Wimbledon this year he benefited

from guys who should have been

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playing losing the round before.

Nadal lost, but he deserved his

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place in the

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final. His well capable of blowing

anybody off the court. Having said

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that I see Sock was a slight

favourite because of their past

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record.

Coming here, now Rafa has

gone everyone is saying Roger will

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sail through this. Roger won't be

looking any further than tonight

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because he has a tough battle

against Zverev.

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Yes, the youngest man in his field

by far but Roger has played once or

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twice in his career with the

expectation he will win, do you

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remember 2009 French when so

delaying beta Nadal? That was the

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year -- when Soderling beat Nadal.

Also Zverev has two victories over

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him.

When you look at the

statistics, I always felt Cilic is

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the more experienced player, he has

won bigger titles but Sock may just

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enjoy playing against Cilic. After

the Davis Cup, I feel on current

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form it will take a lot of

confidence. In these conditions it

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seems like the court is playing

relatively quickly. It will boil

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down to the opportunities, and when

the break points, about who can take

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them.

And people who may not be that

familiar with Jack Sock, he has a

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big game, doesn't he?

That's right

and he was able to hold his ground

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against Federer who basically hit

three winners and played an amazing

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from the word go. They will -- there

were no more breaks of serve in the

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match. Cilic has to do a good job of

focusing on his own serve to keep

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the scoreboard ticking over and when

the chances come a long he has got

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to look to be aggressive and see

what he can take.

It's even need

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format that you can lose the match

and a couple of days later still in

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the tournament, it is a different

mindset isn't it.

Yes, you have got

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to keep your wits about you. If you

lose your first match you still have

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another opportunity so you focus on

the way you are going to play the

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match and don't worry about the

consequences, the outcome.

But the

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bottom line is it's a must win

match.

Yes!

Who is going to win it?

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I'm going to go with Cilic because I

don't like to agree with Andrew. He

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cannot be right twice in a week.

Andrew, all yours. COMMENTATOR: I

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will have a fiver on that, we will

have a bet. Marin Cilic serving to

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Jack Sock.

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Fiver on that? Hold on, he's just

getting his headphones. Five or ten?

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I thought we normally bet cups of

tea!

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Hello! That's the message, isn't it?

I don't think anyone generates more

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power from a relatively small swing.

Look at this.

It's like a young

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Andrew Castle!

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That is a message return, isn't it?

When you climb on someone's second

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serve like that very early in the

match, you are sending message. If

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you miss your first, I am going to

go for your second.

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For me, in all of the matches I have

watched on the singles court, it's

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amazing how fast the players have

come out, the level of play is so

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high from the first point, the first

game. I think that's a reflection of

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the quality of the field.

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Talks about break point

opportunities, here is one from the

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outset.

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Beautifully done.

Being six foot

five and have a two handed backhand

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certainly helps to get on top of the

ball. Sock trying to generate some

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spin.

That is subtle. Taking the

pace off the American, just laying

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it down at Cilic's feat.

Six foot

five helps on a high ball but it

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doesn't help when it's around your

shoelaces.

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It's a very sound game from Sock and

a clenched fist as he

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takes Cilic's serve. You nullify a

big serve straightaway, I think of

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Dominic Thiem yesterday. You look at

him and think that would be helpful

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if I could learn that. I mean he's

already a brilliant player. Let's

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talk about how Jack Sock got here.

This is an illustration of his

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movement, 88% forehand.

It is

definitely the one two paunch, the

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modern-day player, the big serve

looking to set up the forehand.

--

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punch. Wasn't able to do it as much

as Roger Federer. So just watch the

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development of these rallies,

notably from Jack Sock's point of

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view. After his serve, watch his

movement, trying to get the forehand

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interplay.

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-- into play.

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Played some doubles with his older

brother Eric, did Jack, earlier this

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year.

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Michaela supporting here as she was

in Paris, college player in the

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States.

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And that's the danger. If you skip

over to your backhand side, try to

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play the reverse forehand, you can

get picked off down the line.

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Straightaway, and opportunity for

Cilic to get back on level terms.

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Two breaks to open up.

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Cilic who took the entire summer off

after that meltdown in the final. It

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was difficult to watch, difficult to

come to terms with probably. I don't

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think it was just the blisters. It

was a big occasion that day and even

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though Cilic had been at the top of

the game for long time, that was

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tough experience.

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Problem when you run round the

backhand to hit the forehand, if you

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don't really do damage with that

shot, you leave yourself very

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vulnerable to the open court.

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That is a great forehand from Cilic.

He is behind the baseline and he has

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no pace to work with. He is able to

generate enough power to hit the

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winner from three feet behind the

baseline.

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UMPIRE: Please keep your voice down,

thank you.

How to win friends and

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influence people!

Sock got off to a

great start but by losing his serve,

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he is edgy, mumbling to himself

between points.

Marin Cilic has done

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well. He lost his serve in the

opening game but he is fighting

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back, 2-1. Yes, a good effort. Both

players have good coaches. In the

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old days, a save the old days, I

suppose the 1980s will be The Old

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Day is now, not everybody had a

coach travelling now. Now you have

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at least one coach, a physio and you

might have a stringed and a couple

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of chefs have been known to travel

depending on which part of the world

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you go to. People have somebody with

them the entire time. Jonas Bjorkman

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and Jay Berger, it strikes me both

these players, we talk about

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superstar coaches, both players have

great coaches.

Very much so, they

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have both been around a long time,

Jay Berger from a different

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generation than Jonas Bjorkman but

both top ten players. Both

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understand the game well and both

good communicators. All well and

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good having the knowledge, but if

you can't get it across to your

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man...

You don't like the idea you

might be able to communicate with

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your player from the side of the

court? It already goes on enough,

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but the Open to the public had phone

person to we see it in Formula one

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whether pit can talk to the driver

and you see it on the women's tour

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but you don't like it for the men.

No, I think one of the great

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traditions in our sport, you have

got to work it out for yourself, it

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is one against one. You have to

understand your opponent's strengths

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and weaknesses, the strategy and how

you come up with the solutions. So

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some of the innovations that have

been talked about, I think could be

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beneficial, but for me, definitely

not on court coaching.

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Delicate, it was brushed, the

top-spin, drive volley.

Lob, lob. We

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saw it good one-handed backhand

drive volley yesterday from Grigor

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Dimitrov, but this is not easy for a

man over six foot five.

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He just gives 100% all the time,

doesn't he, Cilic? Intensity about

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the man each time he comes out to

play.

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He is laying down a lot of shoe

rubber, Marin Cilic, he has been

0:35:430:35:49

pushed and pulled from side to side

and brought in a couple of times on

0:35:490:35:54

the drop shot.

0:35:540:35:57

I hope Cilic is not discouraged by

missing the backhand volley because

0:36:270:36:31

I think with Sock playing the slice

backhand from the back of the court,

0:36:310:36:35

there is a chance to sneak in. Put

the ball away at the net.

0:36:350:36:42

So the number five in the world

Marin Cilic who lost to the young

0:39:100:39:18

sensation Sascha Zverev is 3-2 up

against Jack Sock, ninth in the

0:39:180:39:23

world. He lost to Roger Federer. So

this is a battle. It doesn't sound

0:39:230:39:28

right when you say it battle of the

losers, but it is the battle of the

0:39:280:39:34

first losers and under this format,

they can still go on and win the

0:39:340:39:37

event. This is the round-robin

format. This is what we have got

0:39:370:39:43

tomorrow afternoon. The battle of

the men who won their first matches

0:39:430:39:47

in the other group, the Sampras

Group. It is on air at two p:m..

0:39:470:39:52

Join us for Grigor Dimitrov versus

David Goffin who benefited from a

0:39:520:40:01

subpar Nadal, not in terms of

effort, but physicality, his right

0:40:010:40:08

knee causing him trouble and he had

to pull out. Pablo Carreno Busta has

0:40:080:40:13

taken his fellow Spaniard's position

and he is no pushover and he can

0:40:130:40:16

also qualified for the semifinal and

he can go ahead and win for the

0:40:160:40:21

ultimate position. He will start off

against Dominic Thiem. And Sam

0:40:210:40:27

Querrey who was first ultimate -- it

was second ultimate is now first

0:40:270:40:33

ultimate, you never know, you have

to be ready. And you get stand-by

0:40:330:40:37

prize money. It used to be $50,000.

That is nice. Hit a view balls in

0:40:370:40:45

the morning, rest well, get your

Christmas shopping done!

0:40:450:40:50

That is the order of play for

November the 15th tomorrow, that is

0:40:520:40:59

my birthday, fair warning!

Is it?

60...

63? Yes! Not my age, the year

0:40:590:41:06

I was born! You will be coming up to

50, which you?

Only just have 40!

0:41:060:41:18

And a bit!

That is right, it was a

surprise, wasn't it? With all the

0:41:180:41:26

candles. That was ages ago!

M 43,

Andrew, catching you up fast!

You

0:41:260:41:38

almost mature.

0:41:380:41:42

UMPIRE: Ball called in.

Could you classify that as on court

0:41:530:42:00

coaching when he asks the player box

is how they saw the ball?

No, he is

0:42:000:42:06

not guiding or advising. Well, you

are probably right. Told you so!

0:42:060:42:16

UMPIRE: Mr Sock has two challenges

remaining.

0:42:380:42:41

UMPIRE: Mr Cilic challenge the call.

The ball is called in.

0:42:590:43:03

Second service.

0:43:130:43:15

Game, Sock.

0:44:040:44:07

He is certainly quick, isn't he,

Sock? Anticipation. Cilic should

0:44:120:44:17

have made that one. He is a powerful

unit, Jack Sock, six foot three. A

0:44:170:44:31

lot of muscle mass and a lot of

power.

0:44:310:44:38

We have seen it quite a lot this

week, the returning position and

0:45:100:45:15

second serve. Some of the guys going

a long, long way back. On an indoor

0:45:150:45:20

court, I'm just not convinced.

0:45:200:45:25

It is better used as a change, just

a change of view that the server has

0:45:360:45:42

rather than consistently being back

there.

Unless you hurt your dosh on

0:45:420:45:51

machine hitch a return of serve to

within four feet of the baseline --

0:45:510:45:58

on machine hitch your return of

serve to within four feet of the

0:45:580:46:02

baseline. And a second serve, you

want to be offensive. Anyone

0:46:020:46:05

immediately defensive. -- and then

you are immediately defensive.

0:46:050:46:14

That is much better!

Yes, that is

it! There is a buzz that goes around

0:46:260:46:35

the place when he does that. He hits

that some hard. He made one and he

0:46:350:46:40

missed one. But it is the message

that if you serve a second serve to

0:46:400:46:46

me, I might do that to you. That is

where you hope to get the reward

0:46:460:46:50

later on in the match. 4-3. Jack

Sock was a Doubles champion in 2014

0:46:500:46:58

and a lot of people will not know

much about him, he grew up in Kansas

0:46:580:47:01

and he was born in Nebraska, the

heart of the Midwest. Kansas City,

0:47:010:47:06

Kansas. And Kansas City Missouri, he

was in the Kansas bit. They had been

0:47:060:47:13

talking about him in America for a

long time, but to fly up to top ten

0:47:130:47:17

in the world and become the first

American since 2011, Mardy Fish, to

0:47:170:47:23

make the season-ending championship,

that will make news in the States.

0:47:230:47:27

Absolutely and he was 24 in the

world during Paris and he went all

0:47:270:47:31

the way to the title and he jumped

in at number nine.

No idea he could

0:47:310:47:36

make it to the season-ending

championships so what a great honour

0:47:360:47:39

for him. Cilic has qualified a

number of times and he is on a four

0:47:390:47:48

match losing streak at the moment. A

three-time qualifier, Cilic.

0:47:480:48:07

Just the one title to his name this

year in Istanbul. Consistency has

0:48:090:48:17

taken him up the rankings.

0:48:170:48:22

Sock posting good numbers on a

serve, 71% first serves in the

0:49:500:49:55

court. And when it goes in, he is

winning 76%. Not so much success on

0:49:550:50:01

the second serve, only winning 29%

of points. But at 4-4 at the

0:50:010:50:09

business end, this is where it is

going to count.

0:50:090:50:16

Controlled aggression from the back

of the court from Sock. You would

0:52:300:52:36

like to think if he got a second

serve, he could do that with the

0:52:360:52:39

return.

0:52:390:52:44

For a professional player, that is

criminal. Second serve at 30-30. He

0:53:060:53:19

just missed it narrowly. But he

feels bad.

0:53:190:53:26

You don't get too many second

chances at this level. Cilic, 5-4.

0:53:300:53:44

Cilic has had a number of coaches

over the years and one was up bright

0:53:440:53:48

when he went into the top ten for

the first time and he is quite a

0:53:480:53:53

sensitive chap, Cilic. One of the

things you said was, he listened to

0:53:530:53:57

everybody rather than continuing to

do what had got him into the top

0:53:570:54:01

ten. He was listening to everybody

and trying to add what they were

0:54:010:54:04

saying to his game rather than the

same, I'm fine, thanks, I'm in the

0:54:040:54:09

top ten. Easily done to listen to

people who either don't know what

0:54:090:54:14

they are talking about or who have

the best intentions.

Certainly,

0:54:140:54:19

there are always a lot of opinions

out there because there is so much

0:54:190:54:23

interest in the game globally. But

when he has played his best tennis

0:54:230:54:28

like the semifinal and the final in

the US Open when he won in 2014, it

0:54:280:54:33

was the clarity of thought, hitting

the spots on his serve, stepping up

0:54:330:54:37

to the baseline, ripping the ground

strokes. And when he plays like

0:54:370:54:40

that, he is really capable of

beating anyone. When there is

0:54:400:54:45

indecision that creeps in mentally,

perhaps he chooses the wrong shot

0:54:450:54:50

and he gets a little passive. That

is when the problems start. But now

0:54:500:54:55

he has his nose in front and he has

done well to turn it around. Lost

0:54:550:54:59

his serve in the first game and he

has not had the best run recently.

0:54:590:55:04

The US Open victory in 2014, the

only five set match he had because

0:55:040:55:09

he beat Kei Nishikori easily, was

against Giles Simon. A lot of people

0:55:090:55:14

have had five set matches against

the Frenchman, but he also beat

0:55:140:55:18

Tomas Berdych and Federer, that was

lovely, you don't win Grand Slams on

0:55:180:55:23

a fluke.

0:55:230:55:26

It is not the start you want from

Jack Sock. Unusual to play the shot

0:56:160:56:22

on the backhand side, why?

And why

bringing someone who is six foot

0:56:220:56:29

five into the net. A high risk

strategy.

0:56:290:56:41

UMPIRE: Once again, please don't use

cameras with a flash, thank you.

0:56:460:56:51

The compact nature of this forehand,

he skips over at even at that late

0:57:080:57:14

point and he looks like you should

be playing a backhand, he has just

0:57:140:57:18

developed a great deal of power and

a relatively compact swing.

Not sure

0:57:180:57:22

the drop shot was a good tactic.

Certainly going back behind a big

0:57:220:57:30

man, getting him to change

direction, that is good play.

0:57:300:57:37

That is a brutal blow. Great

footwork as well from the American,

0:58:430:58:49

5-5.

0:58:490:58:55

The only American in the field, the

only non-European. Jay Berger,

0:59:050:59:18

former World Number 7. In the Sock

camp, as coach.

0:59:180:59:27

A shove past, this one. A nice piece

of improvisation. Keeps Sock with

1:00:341:00:41

some interest in this game.

1:00:411:00:49

Now fully interested in this, this

call has changed.

1:01:081:01:21

30-30 now.

1:01:281:01:30

That is superb. Cilic knew nothing

about the first volley, little about

1:03:121:03:16

the second. The drive volley was

good after the serve. A flip, and

1:03:161:03:28

that was good enough. Sock is

playing so well. Confidence.

1:03:281:03:35

A bit of a crosspatch with the

language. Frustration. Not making

1:04:491:04:54

his opponent play the ball there.

Reckons he had the wrong group. --

1:04:541:05:04

grip.

1:05:041:05:06

Break point, saved with a dead net

cord applauded by his coach. Just

1:05:241:05:31

about got away with it. He had 30-

love in that game, Sock did well to

1:05:311:05:38

turn it into a game, but then a

fleeting moment in a must win match

1:05:381:05:43

for both players. Not absolutely by

mathematics and must win match but

1:05:431:05:49

it is likely to be a match that has

to be a must win. This is the Boris

1:05:491:05:54

Becker group of course. Tomorrow,

Grigor Dimitrov in the afternoon.

He

1:05:541:06:05

is definitely a little bit punchy

and energy out there, Jack Sock.

1:06:051:06:13

He's trying to keep his emotions in

check and when you get the break

1:06:131:06:18

point opportunity in the first set

and your opponent hits the dead net,

1:06:181:06:26

it's not going to do you any good

mentally.

It's certainly going to be

1:06:261:06:30

a wind-up but he is fighting hard.

He did well to get himself back in

1:06:301:06:36

there and when you are on a winning

run, it's like a winning habit and

1:06:361:06:41

you expect things to go your way.

It's the best feeling in the world.

1:06:411:06:45

When people say do you miss playing,

most people say they miss winning.

1:06:451:06:54

When everything you trained for this

coming right for you. To be back in

1:06:541:06:58

the number ten in the world, it must

be thrilling for Jack Sock.

1:06:581:07:07

Second serve.

1:07:231:07:25

Well done. Tough shot.

It's a great

rally from Cilic and set up by the

1:07:321:07:41

return of serve. He hit the backhand

and put the pressure on. A good

1:07:411:07:49

tactic earlier at this stage in the

set.

1:07:491:07:53

Website

1:07:581:07:58

three of 12 now.

1:08:071:08:11

Five points in a row from the net

cord. How quickly things can turn

1:08:161:08:23

around.

Can't believe you picked

Sock to win this.

1:08:231:08:32

That is good work. Good work, Marin

Cilic. Feet inside the baseline,

1:08:451:08:53

striking the ball cleanly.

Just milk

with no sugar, Andrew.

Yeah, OK. No

1:08:531:09:06

sugar?

1:09:061:09:09

Cilic finding depth and the ball has

gone way up into the fourth tier

1:10:181:10:24

between the two layers of corporate

hospitality here. And I don't know

1:10:241:10:31

whether it was coincidence or not,

but Sock has teed ball into the air

1:10:311:10:37

where there was quite a lot of noise

coming from earlier on but there we

1:10:371:10:42

are.

He has been boiling, like the

kettle, Andrew.

Give me a break!

1:10:421:10:49

There's a long way to go. It's about

time you won one of those anyway.

1:10:491:10:54

What do you make of that?

Cilic

being more aggressive from the

1:10:541:11:02

baseline. But for me the serving

statistics for these two guys will

1:11:021:11:07

be the most important element. Cilic

winning 63% on second serve, Sock

1:11:071:11:18

only 25.

But you are not looking at

those graphics, you are looking at

1:11:181:11:22

the computer we have got.

I know, I

find those a bit tricky.

It might be

1:11:221:11:29

my age but I just cannot work it

out. Here is something I can

1:11:291:11:34

understand. At the top, Cilic is

white letters, so he is 68%

1:11:341:11:45

first-served won.

Cilic won 63% of

his second serve poisons whereas

1:11:451:11:51

Jack Sock only won 25% and that's

where he was able to have an impact

1:11:511:11:55

in the last game to get break of

serve. This will be a test of

1:11:551:12:00

character right now because we

talked about it, Sock looking tetchy

1:12:001:12:06

on the court, a bit ragged, end of a

long season but at this event he has

1:12:061:12:11

to knuckle down.

And he's thinking,

I could be at Augusta playing with

1:12:111:12:18

my friend John Isner.

I know which

one I would choose.

You have played

1:12:181:12:24

Augusta, haven't you? How do you get

away with it?

It's not what you

1:12:241:12:29

know!

How did you play when you

played it? What was it like?

1:12:291:12:38

Difficult. It was amazing.

Was it

mountainous compared to what it

1:12:381:12:43

looks like on the telly?

It's pretty

different, but it was an amazing

1:12:431:12:48

experience.

Jack Sock's coach, Jay

Berger. OK, here we go, second set.

1:12:481:12:58

Great leave!

I was just going to say

during that first service point from

1:13:281:13:37

Cilic, I don't think he does himself

any favours when he stands up the

1:13:371:13:41

line bouncing the ball for so long.

In the last game it was 18 times.

1:13:411:13:47

Why would you...

Standing there that

long just builds up tension.

It's a

1:14:001:14:09

habit though, isn't it? Sergio

Garcia was gripping and couldn't get

1:14:091:14:13

on with the motion, a bit yippy.

1:14:131:14:21

It builds up tension and it's just

rather annoying to watch, when you

1:14:251:14:28

start from here. There's two, three,

four.

14, 15... Thanks for drawing

1:14:281:14:43

our attention to that by the way,

Tim.

1:14:431:14:48

I thought Cilic did well to get the

challenge in having missed the shot.

1:17:321:17:38

UMPIRE: The point stands. Deuce.

1:17:461:17:51

Mr Cilic has two challenges

remaining.

1:18:181:18:22

Good reaction from Cilic, big first

serve of 133 mph. Aggressive with

1:18:491:18:56

the forehand and you can hear him

trying to fire himself up, to keep

1:18:561:19:01

the momentum going. Doesn't want to

drop serve.

1:19:011:19:05

It's not a shot that the players

used to play -- that the players

1:19:171:19:27

play like they used to. A lot of

players found wanting with the

1:19:271:19:35

overhead shot.

1:19:351:19:37

Costly miss, relatively easy

overhead at deuce. Sock breaks. Fine

1:20:081:20:14

response to losing the first set.

Stew about the overheads, isn't it?

1:20:141:20:25

Some press won Wimbledon and was

mobbed 34 times -- lobbed 34 times

1:20:251:20:38

and won all of the points. Novak has

missed a few overheads, it's just

1:20:381:20:46

not a shot they play quite so much.

If you are not at the net so often,

1:20:461:20:51

you won't get as many volleys or

smashes.

1:20:511:20:57

That is the lady that was on the

line when Serena Williams was in the

1:21:111:21:23

US Open, you will remember.

1:21:231:21:26

Quarter of an hour played, just

under. In the second set, both games

1:25:061:25:12

to Sock.

1:25:121:25:15

He set the pattern and steals the

momentum of the start of the second

1:25:211:25:27

set after losing the first.

Tremendous response.

1:25:271:25:32

Playing with a bit of freedom after

winning those first two games. Such

1:25:591:26:05

a relief when you get them under

your belt.

A bit like timid trough's

1:26:051:26:20

-- a bit like Grigor Dimitrov's,

wasn't it?

That was the point of the

1:26:201:26:28

week for me. I can't remember the

exact score.

It was 3-3 in the

1:26:281:26:37

third, he just chopped the likes off

it and dropped it back over the net.

1:26:371:26:43

-- chopped the legs off eight.

1:26:431:26:52

Soc has obviously got some good

volleying skills, you've talked

1:27:071:27:11

about being Wimbledon champion. Only

been to the net six times in the

1:27:111:27:16

match but he's won five of those

points.

1:27:161:27:26

So, this is the Boris Becker group

as I was saying, Federer and Zverev

1:28:341:28:42

later on. Last night Rafael Nadal,

the questions over his knee proved

1:28:421:28:49

to be fair game. Just the one match

and pulled out. Over the last 13

1:28:491:28:57

years, Nadal at the ATP finals, he's

given his best every time he's

1:28:571:29:02

played but not always able to. In

2010, when he was runner up here, he

1:29:021:29:11

beat Novak Djokovic, Tomas

Berdych... Lost to Federer. So he

1:29:111:29:17

was a finalist in 2010 because he

has never won this event. Runner-up

1:29:171:29:24

in 2013. He lost to Novak Djokovic

in the final. Then the semifinals in

1:29:241:29:33

2015 where he defeated Murray once

again. Lost to Novak Djokovic. Sadly

1:29:331:29:39

this year retired with injury, and

David Goffin who did great to get

1:29:391:29:44

past Nadal although we know he was

injured. Just out warming up today.

1:29:441:29:50

Injury problems on his left knee. If

he wandered past you on the Jubilee

1:29:501:29:57

line, you would think, why isn't

that kid at school? He's such an

1:29:571:30:04

innocuous little thing and a

wonderful tennis player. Not sure

1:30:041:30:07

who he is practising with but his

great addition. You do not have to

1:30:071:30:13

be a six and a half foot monster to

this game, with respect to Marin

1:30:131:30:19

Cilic. But I do love watching Goffin

play. I think he's manning the doors

1:30:191:30:25

here or something. Very slight.

1:30:251:30:29

Go on, sun! He gets all fired up

about those things. That will live

1:30:531:30:59

in the crowd up. Forget Fleetwood

Mac and the others that have been

1:30:591:31:06

here, if you want a noise, it comes

out the umpire's mouth, on the

1:31:061:31:11

overrule.

1:31:111:31:13

You normally talk about the wrist

snap on the server, there is a

1:31:321:31:38

certain amount on that forehand.

1:31:381:31:49

Choosing not to play so much Doubles

any more. He plays now and again

1:32:031:32:08

with Vasek Pospisil, of Canada. They

were fantastic, any short ball, Jack

1:32:081:32:15

used that sure hands to go through

people. You would not want to be in

1:32:151:32:21

the way, would you? -- used that

forehand.

1:32:211:32:27

And the bigger man is having to

cover some court. They have been out

1:33:011:33:07

there for one hour and 15 minutes.

The end of a long season. You wonder

1:33:071:33:13

whether fatigue could play a part.

1:33:131:33:17

That is just concentration.

1:33:281:33:39

If you have paid for the whole

racket Comey you might as well use

1:34:151:34:19

it. Not much to drink in this point

from Cilic.

He went the wrong way,

1:34:191:34:24

didn't he, Sock? As it turns out.

Whichever way he went, he needed to

1:34:241:34:30

hit a better shot.

1:34:301:34:32

Wow.

1:35:031:35:08

Smothering the ball on the return,

Sock getting a little predictable

1:35:081:35:13

going out wide.

Cilic certainly

ready for that one. A couple of

1:35:131:35:16

shots on the frame from Cilic, that

was certainly down the middle.

1:35:161:35:23

Mike's older brother, Eric wolf.

1:35:581:36:02

Sock, I meant to say.

1:36:241:36:28

Cilic perhaps wondering whether

early in the rally, he might have

1:37:331:37:38

stopped and challenged.

I think you

might have been complaining about

1:37:381:37:42

the mis-hit, which is a little rich

after his point. Earlier.

1:37:421:37:51

Mr Sock...

1:38:101:38:12

He is quite right, Mohamed Lahyani.

Jack is always keen... Just bringing

1:38:171:38:25

him up now! -- he is just bringing

him up now!

1:38:251:38:32

You are supposed to challenge in a

timely manner.

1:38:451:38:49

I thought it was Jon Voight for a

moment.

1:38:541:39:06

How is this for the fourth game? 29

minutes played already. In the

1:39:521:40:00

second set alone.

It is going to

test them physically, but I think it

1:40:001:40:10

could test Sock mentally, just

looking at little bit fragile.

1:40:101:40:14

Nothing flamboyant from Jack Sock on

the past, the drop shot. 1-4 in this

1:40:261:40:34

set by my reckoning. Finally brings

Cilic in and he wins one, but he

1:40:341:40:41

went for the forehand instead of the

lob or any touch play. If in doubt,

1:40:411:40:47

go for basics.

1:40:471:40:49

Oh, and this time, that really does

pay off! That was a clean win.

1:40:541:40:59

Perseverance. The break is

maintained.

1:40:591:41:06

It can be a habit, can't it? Plain

drop shot. -- playing drop shots. A

1:41:101:41:22

bit like Andre Agassi in the old

days, it was just an elastic band

1:41:221:41:29

that was tied. It just took

vibration out of the racket and it

1:41:291:41:34

gives you a more solid feel. Some

like it and some don't. Did you use

1:41:341:41:40

one of those? No. Some racket be

like they need.

I found it made it

1:41:401:41:47

feel a little bit dead. And I felt

it on the strings Bollywood. --

1:41:471:41:56

volleying.

1:41:561:41:57

It has been a role reversal in the

set. Cilic dominating in the first

1:42:201:42:26

set. Only one in eight in the second

set.

1:42:261:42:30

Murray Christmas! He has not served

a double fault all match. Three in

1:43:421:43:48

four points. It has got to be

mental, hasn't it? I mean, it is

1:43:481:43:57

fatigue.

1:43:571:44:06

I don't think that was bad played by

Sock, 15-40, break point second

1:44:261:44:33

serve, looking to be aggressive. He

made Cilic come up with the past.

1:44:331:44:39

Sock on his way to wrapping up the

second set. Second break. It is

1:45:031:45:09

amazing as a professional, you think

these guys are just tennis players

1:45:091:45:14

and it is just a game, it is a

profession for them it is a game,

1:45:141:45:18

they go around the world and it

looks glamorous, lovely you see the

1:45:181:45:21

pretty pictures. Their contracts are

massive and everything is sweet with

1:45:211:45:26

the world. But in the middle of this

year, Jack Sock was not in term all

1:45:261:45:30

but he certainly would have been

questioning himself. He lost in the

1:45:301:45:34

first round of Cincinnati, the first

round of the US Open the Jordan

1:45:341:45:37

Thompson, he went all the way to

China and he lost in three sets and

1:45:371:45:41

he stayed in China and he played in

Shanghai and he lost. Again, the

1:45:411:45:45

reset. He had to retire in that.

Then he flew back over to Europe,

1:45:451:45:52

practising every day and beating

correctly and trying to do the right

1:45:521:45:56

thing. Frustration builds. He was

able to win a match in Stockholm. A

1:45:561:46:00

couple of matches in Basel. He goes

on to Paris with no particular

1:46:001:46:05

expectations apart from just play

well if it can and to finish the

1:46:051:46:08

year. By one down final set against

Kyle Edmund in his first match, he

1:46:081:46:14

comes back and he wins it because he

is a writer and he qualifies here.

1:46:141:46:20

It is a bit of a story! -- fighter.

You just have to persevere. Yes, you

1:46:201:46:26

certainly do coming you never know

what is around the corner. You have

1:46:261:46:30

to stick in through the bond is in

the road. It is long year and he

1:46:301:46:34

certainly did save the best till

last.

He has the wedding of John

1:46:341:46:40

Isner to look forward to. John

Isner's fiance, seem wife, her

1:46:401:46:48

father is a member of Augusta. That

is how they got on to the course. --

1:46:481:46:56

soon-to-be wife. That is something

to look forward to at another time,

1:46:561:47:01

no doubt. A lot of tennis players

get married around November,

1:47:011:47:07

December, a lot of winter weddings,

that is like yours. Wrong session!

1:47:071:47:15

Both players disagreeing. Cilic

waiting in the box. Sock waiting in

1:47:421:47:51

the deuce box.

Jack Sock resisting

the temptation...

1:47:511:47:59

UMPIRE: Mr Cilic has one challenge

remaining.

1:48:151:48:19

I think Cilic is looking at the

third set and saying, let's get this

1:48:191:48:24

second set over and done with.

Horrible game to lose serve, three

1:48:241:48:28

double faults and a missed forehand.

1:48:281:48:32

He is bleeding here. Sit, take a

seed, can you change, can you come

1:49:091:49:15

in? OK.

One of the ball boys has got

a little cut on his or her hand.

1:49:151:49:27

Nicolas Mahut had that happened to

him. He touched one of the hoardings

1:49:271:49:30

around the court and it was either a

staple or a nail. He cut his hands

1:49:301:49:37

badly. Two fingers. In the Doubles,

he was bleeding all over the show.

I

1:49:371:49:46

think what has happened, they got a

bit of blood on the ball.

Please be

1:49:461:49:57

more careful where you bleed! You're

right, he is just resting over their

1:49:571:50:03

with a towel. I remember somebody

else bleeding when Marin Cilic was

1:50:031:50:15

playing a final in Queen's and he

kicked a hoarding. He ended up

1:50:151:50:22

defaulting and Cilic winning it.

1:50:221:50:27

Even though Cilic is looking at the

third set, he will want to hold

1:50:361:50:40

serve here just so that it makes

Sock serve it out and he can serve

1:50:401:50:45

first in the third.

1:50:451:50:48

Deep serve.

1:50:561:50:59

He's got a fine record in London,

Marin Cilic, by year, he lost the

1:51:181:51:25

Lopez. He had a match point. And his

final run at Wimbledon this year.

1:51:251:51:36

Did you have a trans-to see Zverev

play the other day? He looks the

1:51:411:51:47

real deal. -- a chance to see. Cilic

was 3-1 in the final set. Zverev

1:51:471:51:57

doesn't go away, Bridge 20-year-old,

he is remarkable.

He got a little

1:51:571:52:00

bit frustrated but he channelled

that in the right manner and he was

1:52:001:52:03

able to turn that third set around.

I saw him play on the clay in Rome

1:52:031:52:08

where he won his first Masters 1,000

and again in Montreal where he again

1:52:081:52:13

beat Federer in the final. And he is

going to be around for a long time.

1:52:131:52:18

One of the areas where he will

improve its overrule consistency and

1:52:181:52:22

that will come with a little more

experience and more maturity. -- is

1:52:221:52:26

overrule consistency.

The six time

champion Roger Federer taking on the

1:52:261:52:35

debutant Sascha Zverev a little

later. His beat very much on the

1:52:351:52:39

ground, Zverev. A professional. His

mum tells him of when they need to

1:52:391:52:47

and so does his older brother. His

life has certainly changed. He

1:52:471:52:52

sticks to the challenge and is not

affected by everything. He has a

1:52:521:52:57

beautiful backhand, superb, he can

do anything on that side. And so

1:52:571:53:02

much he can still improve on as well

so that is exciting for later. We

1:53:021:53:08

look forward to watching what could

be a very attractive tennis match

1:53:081:53:14

tomorrow on BBC Two, Grigor Dimitrov

against David Goffin. Not sure what

1:53:141:53:23

the mathematics are at this point,

but I should think the winner of

1:53:231:53:27

that is certainly guaranteed a

semifinal place. Sue Barker is very

1:53:271:53:34

good at the mathematics and the

permutations, she will take us

1:53:341:53:38

through every nuance of every

possibility.

She always explains it

1:53:381:53:46

with such clarity!

O, such class!

1:53:461:53:50

UMPIRE: The ball was called out.

1:54:281:54:31

It doesn't affect play, it was a

late call.

1:54:481:54:52

LAUGHTER.

1:55:001:55:05

APPLAUSE

1:55:211:55:30

Really quick work he off the drop

shot. Cilic covering an awful lot of

1:55:301:55:36

ground in a lost cause, eventually.

And that is it, one set all. The

1:55:361:55:45

third time already. The Singles of

the ATP finals. He doesn't know

1:55:451:56:01

which way the toilet is! Somebody

will escort him. It is a massive

1:56:011:56:07

place and if you go off in the wrong

direction, you will never be seen a

1:56:071:56:11

game. A huge arena. Different levels

and bits and bobs. Here we go,

1:56:111:56:18

having looked at that, macro.

OK,

they will read it. Interpret that.

1:56:181:56:24

Ill ever- all in winners and Cilic

making more unforced errors. 14-7.

1:56:241:56:34

Sock effective at the net, seven out

of ten. Faster serve, not really

1:56:341:56:39

interested. Points won, number of

shots under five. Sock making Cilic

1:56:391:56:48

run for the drop shot which is

probably annoying Cilic at this

1:56:481:56:52

stage of the year.

I just want to

say I think you are doing a

1:56:521:56:56

fantastic job!

Now, that is

important. Complete role reversal,

1:56:561:57:01

Sock winning 64% of second serves on

his serve and Cilic who dominated in

1:57:011:57:06

the first set of me winning 23. Put

it there, good job! You probably

1:57:061:57:11

would get a GCSE you probably would

get a GCSE you probably would get a

1:57:111:57:14

GCSE these days.

You certainly need

one to work out what is going on.

1:57:141:57:20

What you make of the break points at

the bottom? It is like my heart

1:57:201:57:24

rate! A little bit too flat.

Early

stages of both sets have been

1:57:241:57:36

important. A couple of breaks in the

first set. Early break in the second

1:57:361:57:43

set and Sock was able to take

advantage. I think with a break

1:57:431:57:47

here, the first couple of games,

Cilic will want to keep his nose in

1:57:471:57:50

front and do a better job on second

serves. And we have got a one set

1:57:501:57:56

shoot out.

And a reminder that

because of the nature of this event,

1:57:561:58:01

it is because you lose your first

match, it you are certainly not out

1:58:011:58:05

of it, it is all to play for. Both

players lost their first matches.

1:58:051:58:11

The 20-year-old Zverev beat Marin

Cilic and six time champion Roger

1:58:111:58:16

Federer beat Jack Sock but still it

is possible to get through this

1:58:161:58:20

group. The runner-up in this group

will play the winner of the other

1:58:201:58:23

group and vice versa. So everybody

is acting like Roger Federer has

1:58:231:58:32

donated this already, it is donated

to Roger each year, but he has to go

1:58:321:58:38

and burn it. He has only got one

victory so lots of permutations

1:58:381:58:42

still available. Nadal of course was

out last night, it looked like he

1:58:421:58:48

was struggling on court. Not so much

limping everywhere because he was

1:58:481:58:52

not demonstrating his injury, he was

doing his best. Not really getting

1:58:521:58:59

many first serve is, his average

speeds were down and acceleration

1:58:591:59:01

out of the corners were not so good

so he has finished and Pablo Carreno

1:59:011:59:10

Busta takes his place. So a Spaniard

for a Spaniard. And this is the only

1:59:101:59:17

American in the ATP finals. The

first American since Monty Fish in

1:59:171:59:20

2011. -- Mardy Fish. Back on the

court. The lights will go up and we

1:59:201:59:27

will be ready to go. Each player has

their own dedicated locker rooms and

1:59:271:59:34

very fancy it is as well!

So one set

shoot out. $191,000 for them. For

1:59:341:59:44

each win? A Cup of tea for you and

I.

That is about right, isn't it?

1:59:441:59:53

It's a grand start, isn't it? Hold

to love after a break. Demonstrating

2:01:152:01:26

his keenness. It's not exactly a

Rafa sprint to the back of the court

2:01:262:01:34

but it will do. Another graphic. He

is going up in the rankings.

Most of

2:01:342:01:40

the time.

2:01:402:01:43

That's the beauty of the scoring

system in tennis, Sock dominated the

2:03:202:03:27

second set, played seven sets of

this third set and Cilic has won six

2:03:272:03:31

of them. Aggressive, positive, on

the front foot. Half chance here on

2:03:312:03:40

the Sock serve.

2:03:402:03:43

Seven out of eight points. Started

the decider.

2:03:592:04:02

Having a little chat down the other

end, Jack Sock, to his support

2:04:062:04:12

group.

There have been notable falls

in the match, then suddenly six in

2:04:122:04:17

the last couple of service games. --

there have been no double faults.

2:04:172:04:28

That's going to be another one for

your man.

2:04:282:04:34

Good work. Off pace, backhand slice,

fading away as well and the racket

2:04:422:04:48

has gone. He was two sets down to

Cilic and beat him in the Davis Cup

2:04:482:05:00

quarterfinal last year.

Just

wondering whether I had a selection.

2:05:002:05:06

Earl Grey, PG...

Darjeeling.

2:05:062:05:16

Lapsang Su suchong. The momentum

with Cilic, Sock with a bit of a

2:06:052:06:26

crisis on his hands.

Experience

showing here with Cilic. Sock

2:06:262:06:34

leaving the court, Cilic had time to

compose himself and 12 points into

2:06:342:06:40

this set he has won 11.

Very strong

start. Great start. 11 minutes for

2:06:402:06:48

the first three games. Getting all

of his first serves in winning all

2:06:482:07:00

but one. Totally dominant. It's

amazing how it turns around. You can

2:07:002:07:06

switch off for a second.

51 minutes

for the first set, 55 for the

2:07:062:07:13

second, even though it was only 6-2

indoors. That's pretty slow, but 11

2:07:132:07:20

minutes of this third set and Cilic

has the match by the scruff of the

2:07:202:07:25

neck, but we have probably said that

before. 3-1 up against Zverev, he

2:07:252:07:33

came out on the losing side that

day.

Keen not to have a repeat. It

2:07:332:07:38

is a long season. Not making excuses

for the players, but to concentrate

2:07:382:07:44

for that long, they probably play on

average 24, 25 tournaments,

2:07:442:07:52

possibly. The Davis Cup as well. It

gets to this stage in the year, they

2:07:522:07:59

are looking forward to a few weeks

off but this is one big last effort.

2:07:592:08:05

Such an important tournament as

well. Such an arm to play in it.

2:08:052:08:15

Davis Cup stalwart for the United

States, Jack Sock. He needs to use

2:08:222:08:28

the energy of the crowd or fire them

up. It will feel like a long way

2:08:282:08:34

back but one step at a time on that

first steps must be to hold serve.

2:08:342:08:42

Leaping to his left, 100 mph

forehand.

2:09:122:09:19

He's in the departure lounge, isn't

he?

2:09:322:09:43

Oh yes, great tennis. It is kind of

all or nothing at the moment for

2:10:082:10:13

Jack Sock, isn't it?

2:10:132:10:19

It is still very much alive contest.

2:10:452:10:49

Sock does need to break back. He has

broken three times in this match so

2:10:562:11:02

you can expect him to get at least

one opportunity on one Cilic service

2:11:022:11:07

game.

2:11:072:11:11

Oh yes.

It's understandable, Sock

trying to get his forehand into

2:13:052:13:18

play. When you go down the line to

your opponent's forehand, it leaves

2:13:182:13:30

you vulnerable. He paid the price on

that occasion.

2:13:302:13:34

Definitely would like that shot

back. An option to go either way and

2:13:412:13:47

at 30-15 the ball goes over the net

and he wins the point he's in a

2:13:472:13:55

strong position, but now it is at

30-30.

2:13:552:14:00

He knows the importance of this

game.

I bet Bjorkman is sitting

2:15:512:16:03

there feeling some deja vu.

2:16:032:16:09

They have been quite quiet, don't

tell them to be

2:16:312:16:41

it's a tremendous effort from Sock

who appeared out of it. It just has

2:16:582:17:03

been the case recently, as dad looks

on, whenever he appears out of it he

2:17:032:17:09

keeps fighting. He probably can't

believe it himself. He's been the

2:17:092:17:14

hardest man to beat throughout

Paris. OK, lost to Roger Federer.

2:17:142:17:23

6-4, 7-6, so not bad entertainment.

Looking up, as the players take 90

2:17:232:17:30

seconds. Great venue. I don't know

where they are going to move it to

2:17:302:17:36

after this. Hard to imagine they

could find a venue which offers more

2:17:362:17:41

and provides bigger audiences for

the tennis players at the end of the

2:17:412:17:45

year. It is the world's most popular

music venue. Certainly sells more

2:17:452:17:51

tickets than anyone else. Mickey

Flanagan has just done 12 nights as

2:17:512:17:57

well. Sometimes the statistics come

up. That could be helpful, couldn't

2:17:572:18:06

it?

It could but I'd rather he had

his eyes on the court focusing on

2:18:062:18:11

his next service game. He won the

second sets, looked pretty relaxed,

2:18:112:18:18

then came back and lost. Cilic will

be frustrated with the service game

2:18:182:18:24

he lost, and easy forehand in the

middle of the court, made an

2:18:242:18:31

unforced error and that gave Sock an

opportunity to establish himself in

2:18:312:18:36

the game.

Wouldn't that be a bit

off-putting if that thing starts

2:18:362:18:41

flopping about a bit? Don't look at

me like that, it is just a question.

2:18:412:18:51

I thought you were going to say

could that get in the way of some of

2:18:512:18:55

your shots, and I was going to say,

the way you hate it, it probably

2:18:552:19:02

coloured!

Very rude!

-- the way you

hit it.

2:19:022:19:12

That surprised Cilic, the body

serve.

He's a big man, when you get

2:19:252:19:35

a little bit nervous, a bit tight,

the footwork is probably the first

2:19:352:19:40

thing to go. If you are hit by a

first serve, that's one thing, but

2:19:402:19:47

hit by a second serve.

2:19:472:19:51

We sit here sometimes trying to

analyse and make predictions, I feel

2:20:502:20:55

we are getting to the stage where we

might as well guess. It's getting to

2:20:552:21:00

the stage where we know what's going

to happen, where the momentum is.

2:21:002:21:07

One minute Cilic has got it, now

Sock has won three games in a row.

2:21:072:21:15

3- love service game is for Cilic

but a bit of a cramp in the other

2:23:242:23:33

service game.

Premium Bond

concentration for these players.

2:23:332:23:37

Each afternoon session here on the

BBC. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin

2:23:372:23:47

tomorrow, the final on Sunday

afternoon. Then this particular

2:23:472:23:51

configuration of the O2 will come

down and it turns back into a music

2:23:512:23:56

venue. On Tuesday with a band called

Queen's Of The Stone Age. No? Not

2:23:562:24:07

even going to make a guess? It is a

different sort of rock and you and I

2:24:072:24:13

are not the target market. But the

players enjoyed playing here, the

2:24:132:24:18

crowd have not been overly engaged

in this match as they would be with

2:24:182:24:25

Federer or Nadal, but it is

important for both of these players.

2:24:252:24:30

Marin Cilic suffered 3-1 up the

other day, you feel his struggle. He

2:24:302:24:36

has lost for -- four matches in a

row.

When you lose a match like

2:24:362:24:45

that, you really want another

opportunity and with the round robin

2:24:452:24:49

format he has got that. Now being

back on serve, you feel if he were

2:24:492:24:54

to lose this match it would be in a

worse position than after his first.

2:24:542:25:01

It's been a fine year whatever

happens here, but you want to go

2:25:012:25:05

into the off-season with feelings of

joy and happiness at the way you

2:25:052:25:09

played.

2:25:092:25:12

It's admirable, just sticking to the

task. Really just one let down in

2:28:402:28:46

this set. Concentration is

everything in the game and tennis is

2:28:462:28:51

pretty staccato. 20, 25 seconds

between points, just have to keep

2:28:512:28:56

going. Federer Zverev, Cilic and

Sock. The other group is the Pete

2:28:562:29:09

Sampras group, we will be enjoying

tennis from that tomorrow. Nadal is

2:29:092:29:15

out, has withdrawn with a right knee

injury. Grigor Dimitrov will be

2:29:152:29:32

playing and now Pablo Carreno Busta.

This does appear to be a little

2:29:332:29:47

quicker this year than in some of

the years.

And I sense after Cilic's

2:29:472:29:54

tough loss to Zverev, he wants to

play these final few games on his

2:29:542:30:01

terms. The last few service game is

very aggressive, good body language,

2:30:012:30:06

really trying to impose himself.

When he gets a little bit placid,

2:30:062:30:11

that is when the footwork gets

static, a few mishits. So with Sock

2:30:112:30:18

serving to stay in the match, you

would think Cilic will be looking to

2:30:182:30:23

make an impact early in this game.

2:30:232:30:27

That keeps him in the game.

Two for

two on net calls and the first was

2:30:522:30:59

on break point in the first set. It

keeps him in this game.

2:30:592:31:08

UMPIRE: Mr Cilic challenged the

call. Great service line, the ball

2:32:202:32:25

was called in.

His feet got stuck in the mud. A big

2:32:252:32:29

man. A bit of nervous tension. It

was only 109 mph. Well-placed.

2:32:292:32:47

Oh!

2:33:002:33:02

Cilic going back crosscourt. Playing

himself into trouble here, perhaps

2:33:102:33:15

down the line was the play. You

don't have long in that situation to

2:33:152:33:20

make that decision. That is a good

hold from 30- all.

2:33:202:33:27

UMPIRE: Net. Second service.

2:34:262:34:30

It is amazing that in this set, that

is five love service game is for

2:35:352:35:41

Cilic.

That is very unusual, isn't

it? Of course, there was the dropped

2:35:412:35:49

serve this game as well. Good effort

from Jack Sock last time to get

2:35:492:35:53

through, there was the body serve at

30-30 and he is being put under the

2:35:532:35:58

most pressure here. He likes these

close matches, he has won both

2:35:582:36:02

matches with Cilic and he came from

two sets down in a Davis Cup 2016 to

2:36:022:36:07

win in five. Won 43 setters to make

his first final at Indian Wells this

2:36:072:36:16

year on his favoured hard court.

Quite a competitor, Jack.

It feels

2:36:162:36:23

about right a tie-break could decide

the outcome of this set and this

2:36:232:36:27

match. Very up and down. They have

both had their moments.

It is going

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to be a test of nerve, the final set

tie-break, if Sock can just hold one

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more.

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Tennis is not always spectacular,

but the competition extremely

2:36:492:36:52

intense. Goffin and Nadal last night

was great fun. We enjoyed watching

2:36:522:36:59

Grigor Dimitrov yesterday afternoon

and Dominic Thiem. Gruelling

2:36:592:37:05

patrician! -- patrician. Serving to

stay in the match for a second time,

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Jack Sock.

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So a tie-break, it is! Jack Sock

answers the question for a second

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time in a row under pressure. 4-5

and 5-6. So a straight shoot out,

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normal tie-break, the first to

seven.

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It is a must win for both players

realistically.

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Just a way, sliced backhand deep

into the corner from Sock,

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challenged. Just floated a bit long.

Not an easy call for the line judge

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with the ball being close to the

line and also Cilic being in the

2:40:292:40:33

way.

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Good call! He is pretty pleased with

that, isn't he?

He just wants to

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break out into a big, beaming smile.

2:40:552:41:00

Won a lot of matches lately, Jack

Sock.

2:41:112:41:17

Cilic driving himself on, his 13th

ace. Nothing between them.

2:42:042:42:16

Well, Sock playing Cilic in with a

short ball, it was neither a drop

2:42:442:42:49

shot or a full-blooded ground

stroke, it was a push! Cilic stayed

2:42:492:42:53

cool. Good footwork. An area that

has looked ropey on occasion. But

2:42:532:43:02

that is great, he is handling his

nerves well.

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Oh, that was some good fortune from

Cilic! A heavily sliced half squash

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shot just catching the top of the

net and it stayed even lower as the

2:43:282:43:33

pace was taken off the ball. That

was lucky. With that grip, Jack Sock

2:43:332:43:44

not quite able to get underneath the

ball.

2:43:442:43:56

APPLAUSE

2:44:002:44:04

APPLAUSE

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Next two points on the Cilic serve.

This ball is bouncing from Cilic and

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it would be interesting to watch, he

is bound to be a little bit nervous.

2:44:332:44:39

I don't... Oh!

2:45:012:45:13

That is some wicket court speed from

Jack Sock who had the presence of

2:45:142:45:20

mind to play down the line. This was

beautifully controlled. Cilic left

2:45:202:45:28

stranded, expecting perhaps

crosscourt here. Sock is going to

2:45:282:45:34

check to see where this net is made.

Four on big points.

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Oh, no, he has lost both those

points, Cilic! His nerves fraying.

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It feels like the first time that

Sock has been ahead in this set.

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APPLAUSE

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It changed at 4-2 down, Jack Sock,

who has played so many matches and

2:47:022:47:08

won so many recently. Fantastic

effort to win four straight and you

2:47:082:47:15

feel for Marin Cilic. Two match

points.

2:47:152:47:22

And that is it! Backhand, long from

Cilic, Sock gains a victory and

2:47:322:47:38

keeps his hopes alive of further

success at the ATP Finals. Fantastic

2:47:382:47:44

match. He has always beaten Cilic

before and he has done it again

2:47:442:47:50

somehow, on the final set tie-break.

He's got the winning habit, the

2:47:502:47:54

American.

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Ladies and gentlemen, show your

appreciation for Marin Cilic!

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The chances he had against Zverev

the other day, 3-1 up the final set.

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And these chances he had, Cilic 3-0

up, final set. At 4-2 up in the

2:48:192:48:27

tie-break. Lost two service points

in the middle of the tie-break. As

2:48:272:48:31

he leaves this court, he knows his

chances of going through to the

2:48:312:48:35

semifinals, they are either slim or

non-. The disappointment of losing

2:48:352:48:42

two straight matches, quite tough to

swallow. For the man who has always

2:48:422:48:46

done so well in London. Jack Sock,

the story is still unfolding this

2:48:462:48:51

week. He played well against Roger

Federer. Picked up a set. That

2:48:512:48:57

victory keeps the his hopes. In the

Group Boris Becker. He will still

2:48:572:49:05

play Zverev and in with a shout of

making the semifinals here. A

2:49:052:49:11

fantastic debut for him. Always

feels good to win a close match in a

2:49:112:49:17

third set tie-break. So let's get

his thoughts after that most

2:49:172:49:23

entertaining match.

Congratulations, that was just an

2:49:232:49:28

amazing match, fantastic atmosphere,

how did you get the win?

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That was a tough one, for sure! It

has been an interesting morning so

2:49:322:49:37

far, the fire alarm went off in our

hotel at 4am and we had to exit the

2:49:372:49:42

building! A long morning. But it has

been amazing atmosphere here, I love

2:49:422:49:47

playing in London and have amazing

memories here from Wimbledon Doubles

2:49:472:49:51

and now playing here. I love playing

in front of the fans here. It makes

2:49:512:49:55

me feel like home, just excited to

get a win and keep myself alive.

2:49:552:49:59

Talk is through the tie-break, you

must have been wondering if it was a

2:49:592:50:05

Croatian net with the two leg calls,

but you found your best tennis.

Yes,

2:50:052:50:09

and a break point early in the

match, but that is tennis and I have

2:50:092:50:13

hit my fair share, you have got to

deal with it. I was happier for that

2:50:132:50:17

one and I was able to sleep that

point out. But he is having an

2:50:172:50:24

amazing season, Marin, we have had

close matches, but I keep my hopes

2:50:242:50:28

alive this week.

We saw a bit of

everything tonight, the forehand

2:50:282:50:33

firing, sliced backhands and drop

shots. But you seem to love the big

2:50:332:50:37

stage and able to produce your best

tennis when you need it most.

Yes,

2:50:372:50:41

my coach growing up said I always

love playing in front of people. I

2:50:412:50:49

played a different style with the

forehand and the slices. I like to

2:50:492:50:54

use my athleticism out there so

always a lot going on. I maybe don't

2:50:542:50:58

even know what I'm going to do

sometimes, it keeps it fun and

2:50:582:51:02

excited for the next one.

Well done,

we look forward to more Showtime

2:51:022:51:07

from you, Jack Sock, well done!

STUDIO: He was given a difficult

2:51:072:51:14

time today by Marin Cilic, that did

run to the end, so difficult to pick

2:51:142:51:19

a winner. Just looking at Marin

Cilic and going off court again

2:51:192:51:25

losing a match that he had in the

palm of his hands, Tim.

Very much so

2:51:252:51:30

and we talked about it in

commentary, deja vu. He played an

2:51:302:51:33

amazing start to the first set to

win 12 of the first 13 points and

2:51:332:51:39

going up 3-0. He has had a lot of

matches by the Schruff of the neck

2:51:392:51:43

and sloppy points and maybe nervous

tension and he is a big guy and he

2:51:432:51:49

can move very well. But when he gets

nervous, he gets more static with

2:51:492:51:53

his beat and he made a couple of

unforced errors to drop his serve

2:51:532:51:57

when he was up 3-1 and it is

anyone's match and you get to a

2:51:572:52:01

third set tie-break. It can be a

spin of the coin or a net call and

2:52:012:52:07

it was Sock who came out on top and

that is a reflection of his current

2:52:072:52:13

form, on the back of the Masters

1,000 in Paris. He is confident with

2:52:132:52:16

the winds under his belt and he

deserved it in the end.

Andrew, we

2:52:162:52:20

talk about the physical side of the

players, but this illustrated the

2:52:202:52:25

mental side of how important that is

because he just outed himself at the

2:52:252:52:29

important moment.

He is giving of

that air that he is doubting himself

2:52:292:52:33

and he is going to lose". That is

what happens with doubt. You see his

2:52:332:52:40

coach Jonas Bjorkman, he is like

this trying to keep his mind going

2:52:402:52:45

and you sense Cilic is a bit

delicate and a bit frail. He

2:52:452:52:48

completed his set of quarterfinals

at the major championships this year

2:52:482:52:51

and he was a finalist at Wimbledon,

he should not worry. He still has to

2:52:512:52:56

play Roger Federer, it doesn't get

easier, I don't believe he has any

2:52:562:52:59

chance of going through to the

semifinals now. Keep your head held

2:52:592:53:04

high, you made the final eight but

it is going to hurt and he should

2:53:042:53:08

have covered the down the line baulk

off the net call but you don't have

2:53:082:53:11

much time to make these decisions.

We have all been that! But Jack

2:53:112:53:17

Sock, what a forehand! That is a

weapon and a half!

Yes, he has good

2:53:172:53:23

variation, he changes pace with the

slice backhand and he is always

2:53:232:53:27

heading left because he wants the

big forehand. It is a huge weapon.

2:53:272:53:31

He mixes his serve well but if you

said to him, at your biggest

2:53:312:53:35

strength on the court is the

forehand, he will definitely get

2:53:352:53:37

that into play at every opportunity.

He did have to dig deep, Jack, he

2:53:372:53:43

looked tired a little bit.

And he is

talking to Jay Berger and his team,

2:53:432:53:49

I he has his mum and dad and older

brother here and his girlfriend,

2:53:492:53:54

they are all talking. He is one of

those players, he likes to go away

2:53:542:53:58

and come back to the match. But

winning is a habit and he's got it

2:53:582:54:02

and he's got a chance to do some

damage, he has the time of his life.

2:54:022:54:06

He is still in it and it keeps his

hopes of a semifinal alive. We will

2:54:062:54:10

be back at 2pm on BBC Two when we

have Grigor Dimitrov against Goffin

2:54:102:54:16

who conquered Ruby macro last night.

But the big news, Andrew Castle has

2:54:162:54:22

won the commentary box challenge and

a cup of tea from Tim Henman as his

2:54:222:54:27

man Jack Sock won threw in three

sets, it was a real roller-coaster

2:54:272:54:33

and we hope you enjoyed it.

The buy!

2:54:332:54:36

Pitifully done. Two breaks to open

up. That is superb! Good work, Marin

2:54:362:54:47

Cilic.

A must-win match for both players,

2:54:472:54:50

frankly. Sock on his way to wrapping

up the second set.

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We going the distance here! Sock

gets the victory here and keeps his

2:54:542:54:59

hopes alive.

2:54:592:55:00

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.