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Sock overcomes illness to oust Ferrer in Auckland

AFP logoAFP 16-01-2016
Jack Sock of the US hits a return against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles semi-final match at the ATP Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Fiona Goodall © Provided by AFP Jack Sock of the US hits a return against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles semi-final match at the ATP Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Fiona Goodall

Jack Sock overcame a dose of the flu to score an upset win over top-seed David Ferrer in the ATP Auckland Classic to set up a final showdown against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Sock won his semi-final 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to dash Ferrer's hopes of a record fifth title in Auckland, while Bautista Agut also came from a set down to beat the second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.

Charismatic Sock, ranked 26, complained of feeling unwell before the match and was a doubtful starter.

But at the end he joked that perhaps it would be best if he stayed unwell for the Australian Open as illness brought out the best in him.

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