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Jack Sock hops into Delray Beach semis

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American Jack Sock. Photo by David Silpa/UPI
American Jack Sock. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Third-seeded Jack Sock hopped into the semifinals at the Delray Beach Open on Friday with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over fifth-seeded Steve Johnson in Delray Beach, Fla.

Sock advanced to Saturday's semifinals to face another American, Donald Young.

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Young won his quarterfinal match in a walkover after Steve Darcis of Belgium withdrew from the tournament for personal reasons.

Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada dropped the first set to eighth-seeded Kyle Edmond of Great Britain but came back to claim a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory to reach the semifinals.

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Seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina advanced to the semifinals to face Raonic with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey, the defending champion.

Sock, the highest-ranked American men's player at No. 21, is going after his second title in 2017. He has yet to lose a set on a hard court this year and has a 10-1 match record.

Sock finished with seven aces and one double fault against Johnson.

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"I thought the first set today was very different than our usual matches," Sock said. "It usually comes down to a break here and a break there. Our first set today, I was able to get the early break (in the first game), give it back, get it again, give it back and then get it a third time. I feel like both our strengths is serving and being aggressive, so for us to break five times in a set was very different."

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Johnson, ranked No. 26 in the world, was frustrated with his serving.

"I've never lost a set like that," Johnson said. "It's always one or two points here and there that could have changed the outcome, and unfortunately I didn't capitalize."

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In Sock's favor in the semifinal against Young is a 2-0 record in head-to-head meetings. Young is trying to win an ATP World Tour title for the first time in his career.

"He may come out with a completely different game plan than in the past," Sock said of Young. "It'll be interesting to see what he does."

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