Pospisil/Sock Win Wimbledon Doubles Crown
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock capped a dream Wimbledon campaign on Saturday with a 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the championship match.
Victory for Pospisil and Sock gives them a strong chance of qualifying for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, set to be played at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.
"I think this is the highlight of my career, for sure," said Pospisil. "These last two weeks have been amazing, to be honest, because the whole year was a struggle. Just not feeling good on the court. Then last week was my first pain-free week of the year. That was really nice. Then now to cap it off with a title at Wimbledon is not bad."
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"We had a lot of fun," added Sock. "People could see that. I think that's part of why we did well. We really enjoyed being out there, enjoyed the moment. It was both of our first times on Centre Court there. As kids we grew up watching this tournament. This is what we kind of dreamed of doing. To be able to go out there and play the best doubles team of all time and to get a win was pretty incredible."
Pospisil and Sock are the third pairing this century to win the Wimbledon title on their tournament debut, following Stephen Huss/Wesley Moodie in 2005 and Jonathan Marray/Frederik Nielsen in 2012.
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They are the third team to win a Grand Slam title in their first tournament together and first since Lleyton Hewitt and Max Mirnyi captured the US Open trophy in 2000.
Pospisil and Sock had reached the final with upset wins over eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares and fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek.
"Our road here was pretty crazy, playing Bopanna-Qureshi, Peya-Soares, Paes-Stepanek, and then the Bryans," said Sock. "I think before if we had known that was our path, I don't know how certain we'd be that we'd be sitting here right now. We gelled really well together, clicked well at the right times, and were able to come out on top at the end of the two weeks."
In a tense fifth set, Bob Bryan saved two match points as he rallied from 15/40 down in the 10th game. Mike Bryan looked to have dug himself out of the same hole in the 12th game with two aces, but the right-hander netted a forehand volley to give Pospisil and Sock a fifth match point, which they converted as Sock hit a forehand winner. The Bryans actually won three points more in the match lasting just over three hours.
"The best part of today was not having to hit anything on match point, just watch that ball go in the court," said Pospisil. "Seeing Jack run around that forehand and crush it down the line. That was probably the best part of the match."
"Those are two good players," said Bob Bryan. "They're great athletes. They both have bright futures on the singles court, as well. Whenever they step out there on the doubles court they're going to be a tough team to beat. Both guys serve well. They know how to move at the net. They know how to poach. They're not afraid to get in there and get dirty on the volleys. A lot of firepower."
At 21 years old, Sock is the youngest player to win both a men's doubles and a mixed slam title since Todd Woodbridge in 1992. The American triumphed at the 2011 US Open with Melanie Oudin.
The 36-year-old Bryans were bidding to win their 99th team title and 16th Grand Slam championship. The American twins were looking to add to the Wimbledon titles they won in 2006 (d. Santoro/Zimonjic), 2011 (d. Lindstedt/Tecau) and 2013 (d. Dodig/Melo).
"The atmosphere was great," said Bob Bryan. "Always a special feeling on Centre Court. Unfortunately we were on the losing end of it, which doesn't feel good. But we'll look back on this run we had here with good feelings. Wasn't always the prettiest of tennis, but I thought we fought hard for two weeks and turned it into a final. Almost another trophy"
"When you put yourself in these big title matches and you don't come out on top, they sting," said Mike Bryan. "We've been in 26 Grand Slam finals; we've lost 11 of them. Those are daggers. But we usually bounce back. It's going to motivate us to go hit the gym. You can't win 'em all."