BB&T ATLANTA OPEN 2012
Sock Edges Seventh Seed Bogomolov In Atlanta
by ATP Staff|
Wild card recipient Jack Sock completed a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over No. 7 seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. in first-round action Monday at the BB&T Atlanta Open, the first men’s tournament of the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series.
The 19-year-old Nebraska native took better advantage of his opportunities in the third set, converting on two of his three break points while saving six of the seven faced on serve, to claim his third tour-level victory after two hours and 15 minutes. Bogomolov has now lost five straight matches and drops to a 9-21 season record.
Sock, who recently hired former Top 10 player Joakim Nyström as his coach, has enjoyed success on home soil in the past. He captured the US Open junior doubles title in 2010 and the mixed doubles title last year. Sock's service speed topped out at 141 mph.
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American Brian Baker, playing on home soil for the first time since his European surge, fell to Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 in a match that finished at 1.21 a.m. after play earlier in the day was disrupted due to a thunder storm. World No. 132 Kunitsyn snapped a nine-match losing streak to improve to 5-19 on the year.
Fifth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson saved all three break points faced in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller notched his 100th match win in singles action, firing 14 aces past Australian Marinko Matosevic for a 7-6(5), 6-4 win. Muller, a former US Open quarter-finalist, improves to a 12-14 season record and next goes on to face two-time defending champion Mardy Fish.
American wild card Steve Johnson claimed the first tour-level win of his career with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over countryman and World No. 58 Donald Young. Johnson, 22, fired 10 aces and saved 10 of 12 break points faced. It was Young's 13th consecutive defeat and he now heads to the Olympics short on confidence with a 2-17 record on the year.