Sock/Kyrgios Lift Lyon Title
Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock clinched their first team title at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon on Saturday, beating Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middelkoop 7-5, 2-6, 11-9.
The Australian-American duo saved one championship point in the 63-minute final, winning three consecutive points from 8/9 in the Match Tie-break to secure victory. Kyrgios and Sock won 65 per cent of first-serve points en route to their 11th win in 13 matches as a pairing.
It is Kyrgios’ first ATP World Tour doubles title, while Sock has now lifted 11 trophies from 21 tour-level finals. The win marks Sock’s third doubles success, with three different partners, this season. Sock also triumphed in Delray Beach (w/Withrow) and Indian Wells (w/Isner).
Jebavy was aiming to win his third tour-level title after winning in Istanbul and St. Petersburg in 2017. Middelkoop, like Sock, was bidding to clinch a third tour-level crown this season after victories alongside Robin Haase in Pune and Sofia. Jebavy and Middelkoop drop to 9-4 as a team.
Kyrgios and Sock started strongly, breaking serve to love in the third game to open a 4-2 lead. But Jebavy and Middelkoop, appearing for the first time together this season, recovered well, winning three consecutive games to lead 5-4. Kyrgios and Sock then trailed 30/40 on serve, but raised their level, winning 10 of the next 12 points to capture the first set.
The Czech-Dutch duo responded in the second set, holding serve comfortably and breaking Kyrgios and Sock at 2-1 and 5-2 to force a decisive Match Tie-break. Both teams held two-point leads early in the decider, but, after 16 points, could not be separated. Jebavy and Middelkoop earned the first championship point at 9/8, but it was Kyrgios and Sock who emerged victorious, winning three successive points to secure the title.
Kyrgios and Sock receive 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and share €27,170 in prize money for winning the tournament. Jebavy and Middelkoop gain 150 points and will split €14,280.
Did You Know?
Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock were appearing in just their third tournament together on clay (fourth overall). In their two previous outings on the surface, Kyrgios and Sock reached ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finals in Rome (2015) and Madrid (2017).