Slight lapse in concentration

If Stockholm Open, Sweden

[CR51] Jack Sock (USA) was in total control of this match against [CR58] Andrey Golubev (KAZ), until a slight lapse in concentration saw him lose the second set.  That did not cause Sock to panic, he had loss the second set against Golubev in their only other encounter and had won that match.

Sock played inspired tennis today, he continued to hit the ball as hard as he possibly could, but he also showed signs of being able to take pace off his shots, which disrupted the rhythm of his opponent. The second set was much more competitive as both players were fully engaged and playing at a higher level.  A slight lapse in focus caused Sock to go down a break and although he had opportunities to break back, he was unable to capitalize.

The match went to a third set and despite the score, it was not all one-sided. Golubev continued his fluid and powerful striking of the ball, creating some amazing shots; unfortunately, when it mattered, his backhand let him down and he lost the third set and the match, 1-6, 6-4, 0-6.  Sock is making some adjustments in his tactics and he is realizing that he can win matches without always going for power.

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