Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Seeded Sock beaten in ASB Classic 2nd round

Seeded Sock beaten in ASB Classic 2nd round

Earlier, top-seed and defending champion Jack Sock of the US made a surprise exit after losing 6-3, 6-3 to unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk.

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro made a confident start to his preparations for the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov at the Auckland Classic yesterday.

The 2009 US Open champion was faced with an unsurprising show of endurance from his Spanish opponent, who was typically dogged in a contest that lasted one hour and 47 minutes.

Third seed Sam Querrey and fourth seed John Isner were also eliminated at the first hurdle, losing to Jiri Vesely and Hyeon Chung respectively.

Instead of that, Del Potro broke again in game 7 when his rival placed a forehand long, and that was all he needed to clinch the opener after 2 good holds and a forehand victor in game 10 for a 6-4.

"I'd love to win an ATP title - it's extremely hard, especially at the beginning of the year with everyone playing", Shapovalov said.

"I tried to focus during my service game and just do what I have to do".

Sock, conversely, put in a lethargic performance against Gojowczyk, who served the house down with nine aces and won 88 per cent of first-serve points.

He broke late against a scampering Ferrer to earn a 6-4 first-set win before seizing another crucial break at 4-4 in the second set and serving out the match.

He brushed off suggestions of indifference post-match. "You never know what will happen but I took my chances and got through".

Elsewhere, Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer progressed without trouble against Steve Johnson and Joao Sousa respectively.

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