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A. Bolt (AUS)
J. Sock (USA)
|A. Bolt (AUS)||4||6||6||6|
|J. Sock (USA)||6||3||2||2|
|Set won by A. Bolt||6 - 2||A. Bolt leads 3 to 1|
|Set won by A. Bolt||6 - 2||A. Bolt leads 2 to 1|
|Set won by A. Bolt||6 - 3||A. Bolt has tied the match at 1 set all|
|Set won by J. Sock||4 - 6||J. Sock leads 0 to 1|
It was a bountiful Day 1 for the Aussies at Melbourne Park, and South Australian Alex Bolt will be looking to add his name to the list when he does battle with American Jack Sock. Join The Roar’s live blog of this first-round clash from 12:30pm (AEDT).
After spending much of his career fighting on the challenger circuit, 26-year old Bolt has finally made it to Grand Slam level in the past few seasons.
Making his debut as a qualifier in the 2017 Australian Open, he repeated the dose in 2018 as a wildcard, before losing in heartbreaking fashion in the opening round to Viktor Troicki.
After winning the first two sets, it was a devastating loss for Bolt, but he put the disappointment aside to enjoy a career-best year, winning his first ATP World Tour match at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in June, in the process reaching a career-high ranking of world No.139 and doing enough to receive another wildcard entry into the year’s first Grand Slam.
While Bolt was rising, 26-year old Sock endured a meteoric fall from grace in 2018, finishing the year ranked 106th in the world after starting at No.8.
He lost in the first round at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon as well as a second-round exit from the US Open, despite starting as a seed in all four, and was even fined by the All England Club for profanity.
He finished off the year with a quarter-final loss to Dominic Thiem at the Paris Masters in November, after which he fell a staggering 82 places in the ATP rankings in a single week.
He received a wildcard entry into the Australian Open, but without too much success at Melbourne Park in the past – his best effort being a third-round exit in 2017 – even making it to the second round would be a step in the right direction for the popular American.
Bolt nearly pulled off the win of his career this time last year, and against an out-of-sorts Sock, he’ll fancy going one step further in 2019.
But Sock wasn’t once a top-ten player for nothing, and he’ll be keen to start the year off on a better note than last year’s horror show.
Sock in four sets
Tune into The Roar’s live coverage of the Australian Open first round from 12:30pm AEDT and remember to leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Start Time: 12:30pm AEDT
Venue: Court 7
TV: Live, Nine Network
Streaming: 9Now, Australian Open website
Betting: Sock $1.29, Bolt $3.75
Overall Record: Never Played
Jack Sock last 10 matches: won 3, lost 7
Alex Bolt last 10 matches: won 5, lost 5