Jack Sock ends United States drought with ATP Finals win vs. Marin Cilic

Jack Sock ends United States drought with ATP Finals win vs. Marin Cilic

Earlier, also in the Boris Becker group, Jack Sock kept his dreams of a fairytale finish to his season alive, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).

Both players could ill afford another defeat after losing their first matches at the O2 Arena and there was a sense of deja vu for Cilic, who led Alexander Zverev 3-1 in the final set of his opening contest before being consigned to defeat.

The Spaniard is the only one of the "Big Four" never to have won the ATP Finals and has pulled out a number of times previously before the event, which is played on a fast indoor surface rather than his favoured clay. My coach growing up nicknamed me "Showtime" because I love playing in front of people, and there is always a lot going on.

"I'm not the type of guy that will just enter a draw and be happy to make the third round or the quarters or whatever".

Sock blasted a ball into the crowd in frustration, but channeled his anger to break in the first game of the second set and was clearly enjoying himself, moving around the court nimbly as he levelled the match in dominant fashion.

Statistically, the last qualifier for these finals was evenly matched with Cilic during the match, but after a run of seven wins in nine matches, his self-belief was high.

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"I mean, I did it more for fun", he says.

"I think if I do the right things and I play the right tennis, I can give myself a chance to play on the weekend of any tournament", said Sock, who won three ATP World Tour titles this season, including the Rolex Paris Masters earlier this month.

But Federer slammed the door shut, for now at least, winning 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1 to move beyond Tiger Woods' career prize money record in individual sports and send Marin Cilic tumbling out of the event.

"Definitely not a great record, but I felt that I played even well a year ago", Cilic said.

"It was a good battle and I always enjoy myself at this lovely arena", said Federer, who has now reached the semi-finals 14 times.

"He had a really nice season, especially the beginning, now the end". It's an fantastic atmosphere here and I love playing in London and in front of the fans here. A double-fault at 0-30 in the opening game of the set was all the encouragement Federer needed to put his foot on the throat of the match. I'm here to win matches.

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