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Sock primed for 2017 ATP success

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/01/2017 Angelo Risso

Jack Sock of the United States. © Paul Kane/Getty Images Jack Sock of the United States. American tennis player Jack Sock has backed himself to win more ATP singles titles in 2017 - if he can keep the flu at bay, that is.

The world No.23 battled the sniffles through the entire 2016 ASB Classic, eventually succumbing in the final against Spanish ace Roberto Bautista-Agut.

But 12 months on and back in the City of Sails, the 24-year-old Sock has his sights set on the Classic trophy and grand slams beyond.

"It sucked, but the way I was feeling, I didn't expect to be in the final," Sock said of last year's Classic.

"I've played a lot of good tennis here and came up short last year in certain circumstances, but I always love coming back."

Heading into Auckland off last week's Hopman Cup final run, Sock felt he'd added consistency and match intelligence to his repertoire over the past 12 months.

His fitness, mental focus and discipline had taken great leaps forward, despite going trophyless for the entire 2016 ATP campaign.

The Nebraska native has won just one ATP singles event, in Houston in 2015, and has also won Wimbledon as a doubles player.

"I feel I'm a top-10 player and I can compete at that level, compete to win a lot of tournaments and it's just about improving," Sock said.

"I have a lot of experience now on tour life, the ins and outs of everything that goes on, and I think I understand, fully grasp what it takes."

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