Sock, Ram secure US win over Colombia in Davis Cup qualifier
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram wrapped up a Davis Cup qualifier for the United States by beating Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Nicolas Barrientos of Colombia 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
The victory by Sock and Ram gave the United States a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five qualifier. The Americans will join 11 other teams moving into the group stage in September.
Sock and Ram slapped hands with their teammates. Sock then grabbed an American flag and led a victory lap around the indoor hard court at the Reno Events Center.
“I love being out here, I love representing this country,” said Sock, who was playing in his 11th Davis Cup tie. “It’s the best country in the world, so I love wearing the red, white and blue.”
Sock said it was an easy transition playing with Ram.
“Raj is playing some of the best doubles in the world out of anybody. I feel like the combination was easy and we’re about as polar opposite as you can get but I think it goes well with our styles and everything,” Sock said. “He makes my job a lot easier out there. It was just a great feeling to finish it off the first match today.”
Ram, 37, was playing in his second tie.
“It’s not only the guys here, there are some guys that aren’t here that are part of the squad,” he said. “We just played for each other, played for our country and I think we have a good chance to go a long way.”