Isner/Sock Complete Perfect Week In Indian Wells
The American duo improved to 14-5 together, notching their second team title 7-6(4), 7-6(2) over countrymen Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan at the BNP Paribas Open. They are the first all-American tandem to lift the trophy since the Bryans went back-to-back in 2013-14.
With the title, their first since the 2016 Rolex Shanghai Masters, Isner and Sock claim 1,000 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $439,350 in prize money. They did not drop a set through four matches, becoming just the third to do so in the past 30 years in Indian Wells. Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez also achieved the feat in 2012, following Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in 2008.
"It's pretty special," said Isner. "I think more importantly for both Jack and I, just getting that winning feeling back. Admittedly, both of us have not played singles that well this year.
"Doubles can oftentimes be a springboard to singles success. So I think for me personally - and I think I can speak for Jack - I think that can be the most important thing really out of this whole week is playing some tough doubles matches and coming through in the clutch and getting that feeling sort of back again. I think for both of us, that was a good thing."
Isner and Sock claimed victory after one hour and 27 minutes, firing six aces and saving three of four break points. After dropping the opening set in a tie-break, Bob earned the twins' lone break of the match, poaching a volley winner on a deciding point at 3-all.
But Isner would respond in kind in the next game, breaking right back himself with a bevy of pummeling forehands. And the 32-year-old would take over in the ensuing tie-break, launching a forehand down the middle for the decisive mini-break. He and Sock would close out the win on their first championship point.
"I have been fortunate enough to be in my third final here," added Sock. "I've been able to win two of them, which has been super special. Like John said, obviously it's an incredible 10 days here. Probably almost every player's favourite event of the year. Family and friends and loved ones are out here and you're renting a house. And it's relaxing, and you're still getting to play super high-level tennis. And then the crowds, on top of it, are just amazing.
"And it was super special today to be able to play another American team, but it was a little bit different, obviously. The rest of the week prior, we had all the fans on our side. It was a really, really cool atmosphere."
Individually, Sock notched his 10th doubles title and third at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. It was his second victory of the year, having prevailed alongside Jackson Withrow in Delray Beach last month. For Isner, it was the North Carolina native's fifth triumph and also his third at the Masters 1000 level.
Meanwhile, the Bryans take home 600 ATP Doubles Rankings points and $214,410 in prize money. Competing in Indian Wells for the 20th consecutive year, they remain in search of their first Masters 1000 crown since Rome 2016.