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Jack Sock is digging the dirt

Updated: May 28, 2013, 7:13 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Even though he says he "loves" playing on clay, until he arrived here 10 days ago, Jack Sock had an uneasy relationship with the dirt.

He lost his very first tournament on the stuff -- at the age of 9. In early April in Houston, he won his first match on clay -- then lost the next five. That last one was a straight-sets loss to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Bordeaux, France.

Fifteen days later, almost inexplicably, the 20-year-old from Lincoln, Neb., hammered Garcia-Lopez ...

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