Stefanos Tsitsipas hangs on Sock Scare

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Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas came within two points of loss in a bruising battle with Jack Sock to scrape his way into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open Saturday night.

Sock, who had crushed 28 forehand winners to be on the cusp of his first Top 10 win since 2017, had the match on his racquet serving at 5/4 in the third-set tie-break. But as happened in the first-set-tie-break, his lack of recent big-match experience told when the chips were down, and he made two unforced errors to let Tsitsipas back in, the Greek closing out the match 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5).

”It was a crazy battle; we both left everything out there,” Tsitsipas said. “Jack played incredibly well at times but I was able to bring out the best in my game at the end. I proved I could play aggressive tennis and stay calm at the same time.”

Tsitsipas will next meet another American, the fast-rising Jenson Brooksby.