Jack Sock stays in #ATPFinals hunt by beating Cilic

Alex Zverev is competing at the end of season championships for the first time.                  Reuters  Tony O'Brien

Alex Zverev is competing at the end of season championships for the first time. Reuters Tony O'Brien

Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open, broke the American twice to win the first set, but found himself adrift in the second as Sock levelled the round-robin match with two breaks of his own.

American eighth seed Jack Sock boosted his chances of reaching the last four at the ATP Finals with victory over Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic.

Serve dominated the rest of the set but Cilic edged 4-2 up in the tie-break when the ball struck the net chord and Sock failed to dig it over.

"It was a tough one for sure", Sock said after defeating Cilic for the third time without a defeat in their series.

"It's been an interesting morning so far". It's an incredible atmosphere here and I love playing in London and in front of the fans here.

"I'm just excited to win and keep myself alive". But I love playing here in London.

Again Sock battled back, however.

He may still have to beat Zverev in his final group match to qualify, with the talented German going up against favourite Roger Federer later on Tuesday.

Later, the crowd will be treated to the latest episode in the cross-generational rivalry between Federer and Zverev, with the tournament desperately needing a compelling story after the withdrawal of world number one Rafael Nadal.

Zverev is the only man to have won a match against Federer when ranked inside the top-10, while he's also the only star to topple the Swiss in a final, after downing him in Montreal.

The ATP Finals feature the top eight fit male singles players and doubles teams who have accrued the most points throughout the 2017 season.

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