WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2014
Bryans, Sock/Pospisil Book Wimbledon Championship Rematch
by ATP Staff|
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have an opportunity to avenge their loss in this year's Wimbledon final to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock when the two teams meet in the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday.
But Sock and Pospisil, who are undefeated in 14 matches together, have no intention of giving the top seeds any satisfaction and believe they have a strong chance to again beat the World's No. 1 pair. “It’s never an easy or comfortable match playing the Bryans," said Sock. "[But] Vasek and I have a lot of confidence right now. We’re both going to go out and enjoy it. It’s always fun playing the best team of all time. Hopefully we can produce more good tennis."
In their Tour-level debut last month, Pospisil and Sock upset the Bryans 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a blockbuster final at The All England Club. While accomplished young guns in singles, the Canadian-American pairing had never played together prior to the grass-court major. They have since extended their undefeated run to include a title win at the Citi Open and reaching Sunday's Cincinnati final with a 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6 victory over reigning French Open champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
"It’s incredible, for sure. [This was] not the start that we were expecting," said Pospisil. "We’ve been playing well and today was another tough battle. We’re thrilled to be in another final.”
At stake for the top-seeded Bryans is a 99th team title and a record 30th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level In the semi-finals, they exacted revenge on Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, following a quarter-final defeat at the Citi Open two weeks ago, prevailing 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-8 in 83 minutes. The World No. 1 team broke thrice and won 79 per cent first serve points won.
The Bryans, who have already booked their 12th trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as the top-ranked tandem in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, improved to 44-10 on the year. They are looking to win their first tournament since April, when they triumphed at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The defending champions in Cincinnati are 4-3 in finals at the Western & Southern Open, also earning titles in 2003, '08 and '10. Tomorrow will be their 150th tour-level title match.
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