Perhaps nobody outside of Novak Djokovic is hotter or more confident than Jack Sock at the moment. The 23-year-old American is up to No. 26 in the world despite missing last year’s Australian summer and all of February, too, because of a hip injury. But he caught fire immediately upon his return and won 35 ATP-level matches in 2015. Check out the Sock vs Bautista Agut Head to Head.
So far in 2016, it has only been full steam ahead for Sock. The 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion got plenty of matches under his belt last week at the Hopman Cup and it seems to have paid off nicely for him at this week’s ASB Classic. Sock has punched his ticket to Saturday’s final by taking out Victor Estrella Burgos, Vasek Pospisil, Kevin Anderson, and David Ferrer. He crushed Ferrer 6-1, 6-2 in the last two sets after losing the opener 6-3.
Up next for Sock is a fifth career meeting with Roberto Bautista Agut. The head-to-head series tied up at two wins apiece (although Sock has won two of their three main-draw encounters). Bautista Agut prevailed in Beijing qualifying three seasons ago and at this same Auckland event in 2014. Sock avenged those defeats by beating the Spaniard twice last year–in Indian Wells and Houston. Bautista Agut has advanced this week with defeats of Jiri Vesely, Donald Young, John Isner, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The No. 8 seed needed tough three-setters to get past Isner and also Tsonga, so he may be running on fumes. Sock, on the other hand, will have no such issues. Although Bautista Agut may be the more consistent of the two players, he owns nowhere near the same kind of firepower as his opponent. Sock serves huge and will pound Bautista Agut’s second serves in order to take control of rallies early and often. And when Sock gets the upper hand in points, he does not let his adversary off the hook.
Prediction: Sock in straight sets
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