Yuichi Sugita is a Japanese player that should’ve had more success by now. I’m surprised that he has such few matches at ATP’s level.
The only things missing are his height and ergo the power. But besides these impediments, he is a skilled player, both from the baseline and the net. He is hardworking and composed.
Sugita started his year in Perth, Australia, competing for Japan in Hopman Cup. He played Roger Federer, and even if he eventually lost, he put up a great fight against an inspired and powerful Swiss. Jack Sock started his year in Perth too, where he had an injury scare.
An upset was on the cards, as people observed the good form of Yuichi and the decreasing one of Jack.
The 29 years old played an incredible match, proving his ranking isn’t an obstacle. His great form combined with a lethargic Sock in the first set, contributed to a stunning upset in front of ATP’s number 8. The American struggled for form, trying to go back to the one that made him the Paris Masters champion. But since then, he struggled to replicate it.
Jack Sock tried to get back to the match and he managed to an extent. His serve helped him, but couldn’t win him the match, as his unforced errors were plenty. His movement was a problem and he reacted slow many times.
I’m still surprised that a player with such a weak forehand and so slow is in the top 10, but obviously he deserved to climb there. But it’s very hard to see him stay there for long.
Yuichi Sugita builds up a nice momentum and makes the upset, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3.