Bryan/Sock Continue Success In Third Quarter
ATPWorldTour.com looks back on a thrilling third quarter of 2018
Having lifted their maiden Grand Slam doubles title as a team at Wimbledon, Mike Bryan, due to the continued absence of injured brother Bob Bryan, and Jack Sock continued their partnership to great effect. The American duo scored their second Grand Slam title as a team, a record-breaking 18th men's doubles crown for Mike Bryan, cruising past seventh seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Bryan and Sock won just one of three matches in their two tour-level events post-Wimbledon, but once again produced their best tennis in Grand Slam play to lift their second straight major trophy. Kubot and Melo also entered Flushing Meadows in poor form, having won only one match in four tour-level events after a second-round exit at Wimbledon. But the Polish-Brazilian duo worked their way into form in New York, winning three of five matches in deciding sets before falling to Bryan and Sock in their second Grand Slam final as a team.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares enjoyed success in America, winning two titles at the Citi Open and the Western & Southern Open. The British-Brazilian pairing, who compiled an 11-2 record in the third quarter of the season, reached the quarter-finals in New York before a straight-sets loss to Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri.
Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who lost to Murray and Soares in the Cincinnati final, also backed up a strong week in Ohio by reaching the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows. The Colombians lost a tight three-set semi-final to Bryan and Sock.
Despite a second-round loss at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, Henri Kontinen and John Peers can be pleased with their efforts in North America. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals titlists lifted their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy of the season at the Rogers Cup, beating in-form partnership Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the championship match.
Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos also impressed, winning back-to-back clay-court titles in Bastad and Hamburg. The South American duo survived four Match Tie-breaks in as many matches to lift the trophy in Hamburg, denying Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic a fifth title of the season. Marach and Pavic, who remain atop the ATP Doubles Race To London standings, also reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals in Toronto.
ATP Doubles Race To London Top Five
|1||Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic||6,590|
|2||Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah||5,290|
|3||Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan||4,355|
|4||Mike Bryan and Jack Sock||4,270|
|5||Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares||4,250|