Jack Sock of the U.S. plays a shot against compatriot Steve Johnson during their men's singles semi-final match at the ATA Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 13, 2017. / AFP
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Sock lost his only previous meeting with Sousa at the Masters in Madrid last year.He faced a tough task against Johnson, with the pair going toe-to-toe for much of the first set until Sock finally seized a break in the ninth game.Baghdatis, seeded eighth, had looked sharp in his previous Auckland matches but made a disastrous start against Sousa.The former Australian Open finalist's fighting qualities finally emerged in the second set but Baghdatis was unable to rattle Sousa, who comfortably held serve and continued to press.
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