Jack Sock backs Andy Murray to reclaim world No1 spot after injury lay-off

MATT MAJENDIE
Comeback trail: Murray has not played competitively since Wimbledon: Getty Images for Andy Murray Live

Andy Murray can reclaim top spot in the world rankings, says Jack Sock.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have both achieved the feat during their careers and the American says there is nothing stopping the Scot from doing the same.

Sock grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot for the ATP World Tour Finals, which begin at the O2 on Sunday, but Murray is unable to defend his title because of a hip injury which has ruled him out for much of the second half of the year.

In his absence, Nadal and Federer, who missed out in London last year through injury, are the tournament favourites.

Sock told Standard Sport: “I think if Roger and Rafa can bounce back in the way they both have done this season, with the injuries they had, then Andy certainly can.

“I’m sure he’ll have many more times playing at the O2 and I see no reason why he can’t be going for Grand Slam wins next season.”

Murray’s absence is a big loss to tournament bosses, who can still lean heavily on the draw of both Federer and Nadal, who appears to have won his own pre-tournament fitness battle.

Sock added: “Obviously for the home fans, Andy’s a big loss, plus he’s one of the good guys.

“It was great to see him play in his exhibition match against Roger the other day, so I’m sure he’ll be back soon.”

A week ago, 25-year-old Sock was no more than an outside bet to make it to London and had no idea it was mathematically possible until someone told him during the Paris Masters that, if he won, he could make it.

He duly won his first Masters title to book his slot, and despite an opening match against pre-tournament favourite Federer — a player he has never beaten before — he believes he can continue his winning streak.

Jack Sock (fair right) joins his ATP World Tour Finals rivals for a photoshoot ahead of the tournament (Getty Images)

“Much like with Andy, Roger and I are friends off the court but, on it, it’s a battle,” said Sock. “I’ve not beaten him but I can take a lot of experience from those encounters and, after the biggest title of my career, I’m confident.

“As the last guy into the tournament, I think I can play freely. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

  • Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes
    News
    Reuters

    Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

    Egypt, which sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday for the latest round of talks on a long-term ceasefire, postponed a visit there by its intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, following Wednesday's surge in violence, Palestinian officials said. The family living there managed to take shelter in a reinforced room after alert sirens sounded, said officials in the city about 40 km (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip. Another rocket launched from Gaza and aimed at central Israel fell into the Mediterranean Sea, the military said.

  • OnDeck launches new subsidiary to partner with banks
    News
    Reuters

    OnDeck launches new subsidiary to partner with banks

    Called ODX, the new company will expand OnDeck's existing business of providing online lending software to banks, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co , the company said. ODX plans to announce a new bank partnership imminently and has a pipeline of other potential bank partners across the world, the company said. It believes ODX will make it faster and easier for banks to digitize their lending to small businesses.

  • No injuries in 3-vehicle collision involving school bus in St. John's
    News
    CBC

    No injuries in 3-vehicle collision involving school bus in St. John's

    No injuries were reported in a three-vehicle collision involving a school bus full of children just after 8 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's, but rush hour traffic was backed up for more than an hour. The officer issued one driver a ticket for changing lanes when unsafe.

  • IT repairman seeks home for Apple collection, possibly world's largest
    News
    Reuters

    IT repairman seeks home for Apple collection, possibly world's largest

    An Austrian computer repairman has amassed what he believes could be the world's biggest collection of old Apple computers, but it might all soon be destroyed unless someone can take it off his hands. Over the years since he began working for a company that repaired Apples in Vienna in the 1980s, Roland Borsky's collection has grown to roughly 1,100 computers, he says - far more than the 472 items at Prague's Apple Museum, which says it is the world's biggest private collection of Apple products.

  • Attack on school in Crimea kills at least 17
    News
    CBC

    Attack on school in Crimea kills at least 17

    At least 17 people were killed and dozens injured at a vocational school in the Black Sea region of Crimea on Wednesday when a student went through the building shooting at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian law enforcement officials said. Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, turned up at the institution in the city of Kerch on Wednesday afternoon carrying a firearm and then began shooting, investigators said. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting international condemnation and Western sanctions, but since then there have been no major outbreaks of violence there.

  • For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters
    News
    The Canadian Press

    For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters

    Even at age 88, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. Early last week, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood's legendary Golden Apple Comics. Instead, the two were promoting an internet comic-art auction to raise funds for The Ed Asner Family Center.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Legal Pot Based On Where You Live
    HuffPost Canada Video

    Everything You Need To Know About Legal Pot Based On Where You Live

    Canada may have fully legalized cannabis but where you can buy, grow and smoke still depends on where you live.

  • Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac first to buy legal marijuana in Cape Breton
    News
    CBC

    Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac first to buy legal marijuana in Cape Breton

    Recreational marijuana became legal at midnight across the country. When doors opened at 10 a.m., MacIsaac was the first in and the first out, purchasing 30 THC capsules and a gram of marijuana in bud form.

  • 'No time to be nervous': Cosmonaut, astronaut recount spacecraft mishap
    News
    CBC

    'No time to be nervous': Cosmonaut, astronaut recount spacecraft mishap

    Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin on Tuesday shrugged off his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to Earth. Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague had to abort their mission on Oct. 11 after the Soyuz rocket that was supposed to carry them to the International Space Station failed.

  • Correction: Film-Chalamet and Carell story
    News
    The Canadian Press

    Correction: Film-Chalamet and Carell story

    In a story Oct. 10 about the film "Beautiful Boy," The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote about drug use by Timothee Chalamet's character to Steve Carell. Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship.

  • SAP vows to ease cloud transition; German customers less keen
    News
    Reuters

    SAP vows to ease cloud transition; German customers less keen

    In SAP's native Germany, which accounts for 14 percent of global sales, only 10 percent of customers are willing to move core processes into the cloud, according to a survey by the DSAG user group that hosted a gathering in Leipzig this week. Achieving scale as a platform company is vital for SAP to expand its margins while weaning itself off the juicy up-front license fees earned on its traditional enterprise planning software used to run finance departments and supply chains. "We want to reduce both the costs for our customers and the time it takes to implement the new software," Uwe Grigoleit, global vice-president at SAP, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the SAP user conference.

  • NewsAlert: Streamlined pardon process for marijuana possession convictions on the way
    News
    The Canadian Press

    NewsAlert: Streamlined pardon process for marijuana possession convictions on the way

    The federal government promises it will soon be quicker — and less expensive — to obtain a criminal pardon for simple pot possession convictions of the past. The Liberals have faced pressure to address the pot pardon issue, including within their own caucus, due to the effect of marijuana-related convictions on marginalized Canadians. Until now, simple possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana has been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

  • Edmonton store rolls out red carpet on first day of legal cannabis sales
    News
    CBC

    Edmonton store rolls out red carpet on first day of legal cannabis sales

    "This is a really iconic time in Canadian history," said Marinke Lerous, one of the people in line. The site was inundated and forced to shuffle people into a queue, or "waiting room," said Kaleigh Miller, spokesperson with AGLC. "The AGLC will continue to work with licensed producers to get stock replenished, she said.

  • Legal cannabis draws huge lineups as stores open in Calgary
    News
    CBC

    Legal cannabis draws huge lineups as stores open in Calgary

    Roughly 100 pot enthusiasts bundled up against the cold and lined up outside one of Calgary's two new cannabis retail shops early Wednesday morning, keen to be among the first customers on Day 1 of legal recreational cannabis in Canada. Amber Craig, the company's vice-president of marketing, says customers will find the Calgary store to be a high-end retail experience. The other retail outlet to open in Calgary so far is Nova Cannabis, at 10816 Macleod Trail South, which also opened its doors at 10 a.m.

  • Sharing bed with Fido may ease your chronic pain, Alberta study suggests
    News
    CBC

    Sharing bed with Fido may ease your chronic pain, Alberta study suggests

    Sharing the bed with a canine companion may help chronic pain sufferers get a better night's sleep, a new study from the University of Alberta suggests. Pain patients who participated in the survey-based research reported that sleeping alongside their dogs helped alleviate their symptoms and ease bedtime anxieties. "We found out that people were very, very positive about the effect that their dog had on their sleep," said Carey Brown a professor in the U of A's faculty of rehabilitation medicine.

  • CBS says Secret Service blocked reporter from Kushner
    News
    The Canadian Press

    CBS says Secret Service blocked reporter from Kushner

    CBS News says a Secret Service agent blocked one of its correspondents from asking Jared Kushner a question when he was walking out of an airplane, saying there was a "time and a place" for such interactions. A network spokeswoman said Wednesday that reporter Errol Barnett happened to be on the same Washington to New York flight as the presidential son-in-law. CBS said he showed a press credential and attempted to ask a question about Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

  • Photos: These are the first Canadians to buy legal weed
    Yahoo Canada News

    Photos: These are the first Canadians to buy legal weed

    As of 12:01 a.m., recreational cannabis became legal across Canada. Well before the hour struck, lineups were queueing up outside pot stores in the country’s biggest cities. Ian Power was the first person to purchase legal marijuana in Canadian history. He lined up at midnight in St. John’s during the opening of the Tweed retail location. That event was attended by Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, which owns the Tweed brand. “I’m elated,” Power told CBC News. “I’m so excited, I can’t stop smiling. I’m not cold. It’s freezing cold out, but I’m not cold.” Power also told The Canadian Press he was not actually going to smoke the first bud he bought, and would keep it as a memento “forever.” On Wednesday morning, stores began opening in other provinces, and more Canadians made their first purchases. Among those waiting outside the store in Sydney River, N.S. was none other than Canadian fiddling legend Ashley MacIsaac. “I don’t need to be a criminal anymore, and that’s a great feeling,” MacIsaac told The Canadian Press. In 2001, he was arrested for possession in Saskatchewan. “And my new dealer is the prime minister!” But not every province and territory has brick-and-mortar locations available. Sales in Ontario will only be through the Ontario Cannabis Store’s website until April 2019 at the earliest. It was down early Wednesday morning, but was back up as of this writing. Alberta’s online pot store also received heavy traffic as soon as 12:01 a.m. hit. At 12:07 a.m. local time, the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission tweeted: “You like us! Our website is experiencing some heavy traffic. We are working hard to get it up and running.” Here’s a look at some of the first Canadians to get their hands on legal pot. With files from The Canadian Press.

  • Singer k.d. lang, 7 others to receive Alberta Order of Excellence
    News
    CBC

    Singer k.d. lang, 7 others to receive Alberta Order of Excellence

    Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell will invest the newest members of the Alberta Order of Excellence in a ceremony at Government House. Born in Edmonton and raised in the central Alberta village of Consort, the 56-year-old lang is one of Canada's most versatile and gifted singer-songwriters.

  • Banff affordable housing project chips away at projected shortfall of up to 700 units
    News
    CBC

    Banff affordable housing project chips away at projected shortfall of up to 700 units

    There are now 131 more affordable housing units in Banff to chip away at a shortfall estimated in the hundreds, but it will be about a year before it's known how much the project will actually help the problem. "The projected shortfall is between 400 and 700 units, roughly," Banff's housing sustainability manager Sharon Oakley said Wednesday.

  • Americans will be allowed back in U.S. after cannabis use in Canada
    Global News

    Americans will be allowed back in U.S. after cannabis use in Canada

    Border Security Assistant Director Richard Roberts in Buffalo, New York clarified Wednesday, that Americans who travel to Canada and use marijuana will be permitted re-entry.

  • Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest
    News
    The Canadian Press

    Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million. Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

  • Nova Scotia town's sinkhole 'still considered unsafe,' officials say
    News
    The Canadian Press

    Nova Scotia town's sinkhole 'still considered unsafe,' officials say

    Emergency management officials say the area around a Nova Scotia town's sinkhole remains unsafe, three months after it first appeared in a local park. The sinkhole first appeared in mid-July as a hole the size of a dinner plate, and quickly grew to larger than 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres, swallowing up trees and picnic benches and drawing curious onlookers to Oxford, N.S. Its growth has slowed to a virtual halt in recent weeks, but new cracks keep appearing both near the sinkhole and in a nearby parking lot.

  • Uber enters trailer leasing business
    News
    Reuters

    Uber enters trailer leasing business

    Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Wednesday it is entering the trailer leasing business. The business, called Powerloop, will be a part of Uber Freight, which connects truckers with shippers, the company said. Powerloop, which would rent trailers to carriers, is currently available in Texas, Uber said, adding that it expects to expand the new business to other U.S. regions.

  • 'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour
    News
    CBC

    'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour

    After receiving a threatening, racist letter from neighbours earlier this week, a St. Albert mother says she fears for her children's safety and will move out of her rented condo. Katrina Anderson said her 12-year-old daughter found the letter in the mailbox Monday when she returned home from school. The anonymous letter initially complained about children riding a scooter on driveways and playing basketball and football on the street.

  • Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal
    News
    The Canadian Press

    Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal

    Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced the selection Wednesday. Khan will ride through Pasadena, California, in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year's Day and participate in the celebration before the 105th Rose Bowl game, which will be a college football playoff semifinal. After the announcement, Khan said she was honoured by her selection as grand marshal.