US Open: Sock Advances as Philipp Retires


Philipp is out of the US Open. He was forced to retire when his first round opponent Jack Sock was leading 7-6, 3-6, 5-2. Five games earlier Philipp called a trainer to the court to work on his right shoulder.

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Sock, a 20-year-old Nebraska native ranked No. 86, broke the No. 163 qualifier early in the first set and had a game point to lead 5-3, but an errant forehand, double-fault and passing shot from the 29-year-old German brought the players back on serve. Sock won the tiebreak easily, 7-2, largely on the strength of his serve and forehand, including a cross-court screamer to clinch the set.

At 1-1 in the second set, Sock was visibly distracted by a commotion on neighboring Court 14 in which a disputed line call led to enthusiastic and prolonged boos from the crowd. At 30-30, Sock hit an overhead into the net and saved a break point with a service winner, only to knock a forehand wide and double-fault to lose his service game. When a fresh chorus of boos broke out at Court 14, Sock admonished, “You guys are so loud!”

On a humid Tuesday, Sock seemed reenergized after a short trip off court before the start of the third set to change into dry clothes. Serving down 0-2, 0-15, Petzschner called a medical timeout during which time a trainer worked on his ailing shoulder. The treatment didn’t solve Petzschner’s issues, however, and he continued to fall behind while Sock’s confidence and strength of shot soared. Petzschner retired down 2-5, 15-30, giving Sock a pass into the second round.

“It was a great feeling to be back playing here in New York at the Open,” Sock said. “[I]was fortunate to get the win. Bad luck for him, but obviously happy to move on and advance in the draw.”

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