Watch highlights of Jack Sock beating Joao Sousa to win the 2017 ASB Classic in Auckland. Getty Images photo.

Sock Captures 2nd ATP Title

American adds to his 2015 Houston title

Jack Sock claimed his second ATP World Tour title, beating Joao Sousa 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 for the ASB Classic crown on Saturday. Sock, the fourth seed, became the first American to win the title at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Auckland since John Isner in 2014 (also 2010). The 24-year-old Nebraska native adds to his 2015 Houston title and improves to 2-4 in tour-level finals.

Sock broke twice in the first set to take a lead in the championship match, 6-3. The opponents traded breaks in the second set, but Sousa broke again for a 6-5 lead and then held serve once more to force a deciding set. Breaks were traded again early in the third set until the momentum swung in Sock’s favour and he went on to claim victory after one hour and 56 minutes.

“Anytime you can take a title, it feels really good,” said Sock. “I’ve had it once before. I’ve had chances. I’ve lost in a few finals. Winning the whole tournament is definitely a massive confidence booster.

“I was able to put in a lot of work in the off-season and I think it paid off. I was able to make lots of gains and lots of strides forward. I think it really showed this week.”

The American was appearing in his second straight Auckland final (ret. vs Bautista Agut). After a bye in the first round, Sock defeated Ryan Harrison, Jeremy Chardy and seventh seed Steve Johnson for a spot in the final.

The unseeded Sousa did not drop a set en route to his eighth career tour-level final (now 2-6), beating fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round, qualifier Brydan Klein in the second round, Robin Haase in the last eight and No. 8 seed Marcos Baghdatis en route to a final berth.

“I think I didn’t play a great match,” said Sousa. “He was very confident and he serves very well, and I think that was the key of the match.”