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Sock Outserves Raonic In Memphis Upset; Hewitt Saves 2 M.P.

Memphis, U.S.A.

Hewitt© Memphis Tennis/Alex SmithLleyton Hewitt saved two match points to advance.

Wild card Jack Sock posted the biggest match win of his career on Wednesday evening, ousting second-seeded Milos Raonic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

“It feels good to get my first singles win of the year,” said Sock. “I had an unfortunate ankle roll in Australia so this is big for me to get some confidence and momentum, not only for this week, but the tournaments coming up. To get my career-high win is obviously big for me.”

Sock converted his second break of the match to move ahead 6-5 in the third set, and served out a close game to clinch the upset over the 14th-ranked Canadian in two hours and 10 minutes. The 20-year-old American saved eight of the nine break points he faced to set a second-round clash with James Blake.

“I watched him and Andy when I was coming up,” Sock reflected. “I played doubles with him this week and he's a good friend. It will be a fun match, but once we get out there, it will be another battle. May the best guy come out on top.”

Raonic ended a six-match win streak, having led Canada through to the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals before winning his third consecutive SAP Open title in San Jose last weekend. He had reached the final in Memphis the past two years.

“He was doing a few things well,” said Raonic. “He was hitting his forehand well. I just wasn't getting in the right position. I was giving away too many sloppy points.”

Sixth seed Tommy Haas continued his recent run of form to win his opener, defeating Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(6), 6-4. Haas, a three-time former champion at the ATP World Tour 500 event, won 80 per cent of his service points to advance past the Russian in 85 minutes. The German finished runner-up to Raonic in San Jose.

Seventh seed Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Bjorn Phau 6-3, 6-4 to win his event debut. Dolgopolov broke the German once in each set to move through in 65 minutes. The Ukranian is seeking to win his first indoor title this week.

Lleyton Hewitt’s battling qualities were brought to the fore as he saved two match points to beat Yen-Hsun Lu. The Australian, a two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1, trailed 5-6, 15/40 in the second set before recovering to win 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

Hewitt's countryman Marinko Matosevic was also victorious, as he defeated Go Soeda of Japan 7-6(6), 6-4. Matosevic meets fourth seed and 2010 champion Sam Querrey next.

World No. 200 Donald Young advanced to a second-round meeting with fifth seed Kei Nishikori. The American qualifier was leading Xavier Malisse 5-1 when the Belgian was forced to retire with a back injury.

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