Six times World Tour Finals champion, Roger Federer, would be looking to further cement his legacy with a record seventh victory in London. And, he starts it with America’s Jack Sock in the Boris Becker Group.
The American snatched the final qualifying spot at No. 9 after he won the Paris Masters title over a week ago. He’s in good form at the moment and could very well pose a threat to Federer’s plans with his power play, and, according to him, the motivation that comes with playing on grand stages. Although, motivation might not be sufficient enough to avoid defeat here, having failed to beat Federer in all previous three meetings and worse still, not winning a single set in those meetings against the Swiss wizard.
Federer, however, will take nothing for granted as he’s expecting a tough match from the American.
“I don’t look at the other 12 matches I won against these guys [in Group Boris Becker], my focus is solely on Jack Sock,” said Federer.
“He had a wonderful week in Paris. He was almost out in the first round against Kyle Edmund and then ends up winning the whole thing. He’s confident and likes the big stage. I know that from the good match we had in Indian Wells. I can expect a tough one.”
Playing in his first ever ATP World Tour Finals event, Sock is looking to become the first American to win a group stage match since Andy Roddick in 2007.
“I’ve never played a format like this, but it’s nice having the guaranteed matches,” said Sock. “If the first one doesn’t go well, you have your next two to make the semis. It’s nice for sure. I think I have a fairly entertaining game, so I’m definitely looking forward to showcasing it and getting out there this weekend and into next week.”
Can Jack Sock make a telling impact? Or will another win be added to the staggering Federer Collection?
This match is live from London today, Sunday from 15:00.