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Sock too good for Johnson in Classic semi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/01/2017 Angelo Risso

American Jack Sock was much too good for compatriot Steve Johnson. © Phil Walter/Getty Images American Jack Sock was much too good for compatriot Steve Johnson. American fourth-seed Jack Sock has outclassed seventh-seeded compatriot Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 to progress to the ASB Classic final.

Sock, 24, struggled with his first serve despite the calm conditions but caused havoc with those that passed the net, winning 77 per cent of first-serve points.

He'll now go on to play Portuguese gun Joao Sousa in Saturday's singles final.

Johnson, meanwhile, was more lethal with his service games but struggled to break the world No.23 and committed too many unforced errors.

He won less than half of all second-serve points and saved just one of four break points.

There was little in the match at first, with the two players holding serve with aplomb until Sock broke at 5-4 to secure the set.

With momentum on his side, Sock broke quickly in the second set to pull ahead 3-1, before completing the victory with another break at 5-3.

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