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07-21-2012, 12:49 AM
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kihei
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Watched Isner's interminably boring, sloth-like 7-6, 6-4 win over fellow Yank Jack Sock in Atlanta, a match that seemed to take forever thanks to a chair umpire who would allow Isner as much time as he wanted between points and during change overs. It was my first look at Stock and he has huge deficiencies in his game at the moment. His ground strokes are wildly inconsistent and he double faulted as though he were imitating Sharapova from two years ago. But he is a clever player; he has guile; he can make plays. None of those attributes do I associate with far higher ranked US hopeful Ryan Harrison, who is way steadier but who has no imagination. Sock is a major work in progress, but he definitely possesses imagination. Will be interesting to see what happens to him if he gets the right help.

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