U.S. Tennis Hangs New Hopes on Sock

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One would be hard pressed to locate a better venue at which to watch a professional tennis match than the grandstand court at the U.S. Open. With close-up seating and ideal acoustics, the grandstand is the perfect counterpart to the cavernous Arthur Ashe stadium and its downright miserable viewing conditions.

And Saturday, on a wonderfully bright and hot afternoon, the grandstand provided many fans their first glimpse of a rising American star, as Jack Sock - he with the impossibly perfect athlete surname - took on 11th seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

In front of a raucous and partisan packed crowd - unusual for a match that started at 11 a.m. - Sock played superbly, even if frequently erratic, but lost the 3 hour 11 minute encounter, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2),...

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