"Utter disappointment": Jack Sock reacts to five-set, first-round loss

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Jack Sock, the No. 13 seed, was beaten by Jordan Thompson on Day 1. (AP)

NEW YORK—Jack Sock, the second-highest ranked American man and No. 13 seed at the US Open, expressed his frustration following a five-set, first-round loss to Jordan Thompson.

"I mean, utter disappointment when you're up two breaks in one set, a break in the fifth," said Sock, who held leads in the second and fifth sets over the 73rd-ranked Australian. "Choke it all the way. Really sucks."

Sock fell 6-2, 7-6 (12), 1-6, 5-7, 6-4 in a barnburner on temporary Louis Armstrong Stadium, but would have preferred a more straightforward encounter.

"Maybe could have not been so topsy-turvy if I hold once in the second, I'm through in four the way it was going," he said. " He's a tough player. Makes a lot of balls."

The 24-year-old said he did not experience any injury problems.

"I mean, I just played four hours and was fine. So, yeah, I think I was pretty healthy," he said.

Thompson noted that his opponent played at a high level at times but "made a lot of errors" in the second half of the fifth set while he was more consistent. 

"I made a lot of balls," said Thompson. ''I didn't expect him to be that fit. His forehand was getting him a lot of points.''

This is the second time Sock has been defeated by Thompson, having also dropped a first round Davis Cup meeting between the pair this season.

Sock came into the tournament as the ATP No. 16, but will drop a few spots and could fall from second to third among the highest-ranked Americans player on the ATP tour. 


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