J. Chardy vs. J. Sock / ATP Auckland – For our next analysis we have singled out a quarterfinal match of the tournament in Auckland, which will be played between the French and American J. Chardy J. Sock. Chardy was better than qualifier A. Sitak in the first round of the tournament, while F. Lopez surrendered the match without a fight in the second round. Sock was as the fourth carrier free in the first round, while he defeated R. Harrison for placement in the quarterfinals with a result (2:1).Begins: 12.01.2017. – 06:30 CET
Chardy’s current rating, which is the 71st place of the ATP rankings, says that last season was not fruitful. This is confirmed by the fact that his current rating is far from his best, which he had four years ago when he was the 25th player in the world. The only title in the past 12 years of his career, Chardy has won in 2009 in Stuttgart, and besides, he played only one final in the same year at the tournament in Johannesburg.
His first performance in this year was at a tournament in Doha, where he in the first round expectedly lost the first player in the world A. Murray. His best result in the past year was the quarter-finals at the tournament in category 250. When it comes to stronger tournaments, we will single out a placement in the third round of Masters in Rome, where he was defeated by A. Murray, while he could not go pass the third round at Roland Garros, where was stopped by S. Wawrinka.
Contrary to his present-day opponents, J. Sock has the best season of his career behind him. Thanks to that he has reached his best ranking so far, and that is the 22nd position in ATP rankings. His only title was won at the tournament in Houston 2015, and he was in that finals better than his compatriot S. Querrey. This number of titles could be much higher if Sock managed to celebrate in the three finals which were played last season in tournaments in Auckland, Houston and Stockholm.
In these finals he was unfortunately defeated by R. Bautista-Agut, J. Monaco and J.M. Del Potro. In addition, this American had a couple of good results, and we will this time mention a place in the fourth round of the US Open, where he lost in four sets to Tsonga, but at the end of the season he played the quarter-finals of Masters in Shanghai and Paris, where G. Simon and J. Isner were better than him.
J. Chardy vs. J. Sock PICK
The only match so far, between these two players took place in Stockholm in 2014, when J. Sock celebrated with a result (7:6 6:3). The above mentioned results show that Sock has advanced significantly since then, while Chardy stagnated, and he has focused his career more to playing in doubles. Therefore, we think that Sock is the favourite in this match who should not miss the chance to enter the semi-finals.
Pick: Sock wins
Odds: 1. 50 with Ladbrokes (down to 1.48 can be played)