He started out dominant. On the clay court in Paris, he easily took the first two sets. On Sunday, Jack Sock of the United States was up 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 2-1 against Robin Haase of the Netherlands when covers were brought on all courts. Come Monday morning, Sock showed that, in the fifth set, he could finish even stronger.
After rain delayed the match, Jack Sock returned to Roland Garros’ Court 2 and claimed a first round victory with a sprint. He broke his opponent, Robin Haase, in the first game of the deciding set and he never looked back. In the end, Sock hit 75 winners against Haase’s 57—over 50 of them with the forehand.
As for the French crowd, well… All I can say is “For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.” The crowd was against Sock, the American (n’est-ce pas?), from the start and they deserved everything Sock gave them. Haase (who really began it all when he was at the net and screamed directly at Jack) emoted just as boisterously as Sock throughout the match, and more annoyingly when he won his two fifth set games. They were even cheering Sock’s faults, but then again what do you expect from a French crowd? The fans in Rome two weeks ago were a much more tennis-loving crowd than the constantly agenda-driven French will ever be. The Tennis Channel was made for Roland Garros, where one can catch all the action without having to actually be there.
In round two, Sock will face Germany’s Dustin Brown, who also played five sets (against Dudi Sela) in the opening round. It will be the first meeting between the two players.