Sock shocks Cilic as USA take 2-0 lead

Sock overcame a two-set deficit to beat Marin Cilic 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4, and John Isner topped Borna Coric 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the second match on the Tualatin Hills hard court.

Jack Sock bounced back from a two-set deficit to win the first tie for the USA.   -  Reuters

Jack Sock needed a little time to sharpen his serves in his first Davis Cup match. But once he got that right, the U.S. gained momentum and raced to a 2-0 lead over Croatia in the best-of-five quarterfinal tie here.

Sock overcame a two-set deficit to beat Marin Cilic 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4, and John Isner topped Borna Coric 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the second match on the Tualatin Hills hard court.

The U.S. can wrap up the Davis Cup tie Saturday with a win in the doubles match between twins Bob and Mike Bryan and Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja. Two reverse singles matches are scheduled for Sunday.





The U.S-Croatia winner will advance to the semifinals in September to face the Czech Republic-France winner. The United States is seeking its first semifinals appearance since 2012.

FRANCE, CZECH REPUBLIC TIED AT 1-1

The Czech Republic and France were tied 1-1 after the opening rubbers of their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final on Friday as both number-two players beat the team leaders.

World number 78 Lukas Rosol first stunned 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in three hours and 52 minutes.

Lucas Pouille, ranked 21st, then swept 50th-ranked Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 24 minutes.

Defending champions Great Britain shrugged off the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to lead their Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia on Friday as heavy rain brought havoc to the tournament.

GREAT BRITAIN, ARGENTINA TAKE EARLY LEAD

Kyle Edmund eased past Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in Belgrade before the scheduled second singles rubber was cancelled until Saturday.

In Pesaro, torrential rain delayed the start of the quarter-final between Italy and Argentina by three hours.

When they did get under way Federico Delbonis defeated veteran Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).