Sock Eager To Replicate Indian Wells Run
American was a semi-finalist at the BNP Paribas Open last week
The World No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Rankings impressed with a run to the semi-finals last week at the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, the BNP Paribas Open, falling to eventual champion Roger Federer.
“I definitely played some good tennis in California, I’m going to build off the confidence I gained there,” said the 24 year old. “It’s been a good start to the year for me, so I need to keep on the same path I’m on, keep on doing the same things, and hopefully I’ll produce another good result here.”
The 13th seed, who plays either Yoshihito Nishioka or Jordan Thompson in the second round, is determined to improve on his third round showings in Miami for the past two years. “It’s different conditions from Indian Wells, especially when you add the humidity in. I like playing in Miami, another tournament in the US, the support is usually pretty good and it’s a beautiful place. I’m staying by the beach and I’ll go out and dip my feet in the sand.”
It’s been a bright start to 2017 for Sock, clinching titles at the ASB Classic in Auckland and at the Delray Beach Open, performances he attributes to putting in the hard yards in the off-season.
“We put in a lot of good work in during November and December. We revamped my game a little bit, looked at the schedule, and definitely turned it up a notch with some of the workouts,” added Sock. “I think it’s paying off now, I feel confident physically and mentally on court, but I have to keep going.”
His encouraging start to 2017 has ranked Sock the No. 1 American, an accolade which has boosted his belief. “It’s a great accomplishment and a great feeling, it gives me a little bit more confidence. It feels great for now, hopefully I can hold that status for a long time, but I don’t think about something like that when I’m on court.”