July 11, 2014

Blue Valley North graduate Jack Sock defeats John Isner

Sock beats the top-seeded Isner in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships to advance to the semifinals. Sock is fresh off winning the doubles title at Wimbledon with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Jack Sock is playing solid tennis right now, and it showed Friday.

Sock defeated top-seeded John Isner in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I. Sock, who graduated from Blue Valley North High School, defeated Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in 88 minutes.

Sock won a doubles title with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil earlier this month at Wimbledon, and he is seeded seventh in Newport.

He saved all three break points he faced against Isner and won 33 of 42 first-serve points.

“I’m pretty high on confidence right now,” said Sock. “Today was a good win for me. I was pretty happy about it.”

It was Sock’s first victory over Isner in four ATP Tour matches.

“This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year,” Sock said. “I love the city, I love the town. I love the tournament. It’s nice finishing up the European swing and coming back to play the first tournament in the United States in such a cool area.”

Isner was attempting to add a third Newport crown to his collection, having won it in 2011 and 2012. He had victories in 14 of his previous 15 matches on Newport’s grass courts.

“I missed a lot of easy shots. I didn’t (convert) the three break points,” said Isner. “Matches go that way sometimes.”

Sock will meet third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals on Saturday after induction ceremonies honoring the 2014 class into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is highlighted by Lindsay Davenport in the recent player category.

The other semifinal is second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia against Samuel Groth of Australia. Both advanced on Thursday.

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