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Sock heads into Classic semis as top seed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017 Ben Leahy

US fourth seed Jack Sock has won through to the ASB Classic semi-finals after producing an incredible 25 break-point opportunities against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Perhaps equally incredible, world No.71 Chardy managed to save 21 of the break points, but it was not enough to save the match on Thursday as Sock won 5-7 6-4 6-3.

"Obviously, I had a lot of chances early and wasn't able to convert," 24-year-old Sock told the crowd after the match.

"It was pretty upsetting, but I was able to battle through it, find a way and get it done."

Chardy managed to win the first set against the run of play by capitalising on his limited break opportunities, while Sock squandered the many he created.

However, apart from missed chances, Sock proved dominant, led by his crunching forehand and ability to cover the ground and attack Chardy's serve.

He heads into the semi-finals facing US compatriot and No.7 seed Steve Johnson, who continued the run of upsets by dumping No.2 seed John Isner out of the tournament.

Kiwi Artem Sitak provided arguably the most thrilling action on Thursday afternoon as he and US partner Nicholas Monroe won through to the doubles semi-finals.

After losing the first set and facing a break in the second, the duo came back to force a super tiebreaker against Argentine pair Facundo Bagnis and Diego Schwartzman.

They then saved a match point in front of a roaring home crowd on the outside courts to win 3-6 7-6 11-9.

In the semis, they will play Scott Lipsky and Jonathan Erlich who knocked out Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergea 6-3 7-6.

Fellow Kiwi Marcus Daniell also joined the party as he and Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner upset Indian champion Leander Paes and Andre Sa to also progress on centre court.

Daniell and Demoliner won in straight sets 6-3 7-6 despite Paes and Sa heating up late in the second set in Thursday's night match.

Daniell thanked the cheering crowd after the game for lifting him and Demoliner to victory.

They now face Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the semis who beat Santiago Gonzalez and David Marrero 6-4 3-6 11-9.

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