Pospisil/Sock Fight Back For Beijing Doubles Title
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders fight back in Beijing
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock came back from a one-set and break deficit on Sunday to capture the China Open title, which represents their fourth team trophy. They move up one spot to No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race To London on 2,820 points, with six of the eight spots left up for grabs at next month's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Pospisil and Sock improved to 4-2 lifetime in finals by fighting back to beat fourth seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, one of the new in-form teams, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in 73 minutes in Beijing. They won four straight games from a 2-3 deficit in the second set, then recovered from 1/3 in the Match tie-break.
“We really turned it up in the second set,” said Pospisil. “I don’t think we missed a ball from the middle of the set until the end of the match. We enjoyed our whole week here, and that’s the main thing when you’re playing well.”
Pospisil and Sock, now 19-8 on the season, earned 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points and split $193,420 in prize money with their first trophy on Asian soil. Pospisil is 5-3 lifetime in finals, while Sock is 5-4. They came into the tournament on a run of four straight first-round losses.
“We had a bit of a dry spell during the summer,” said Sock. “But to bounce back and win a title here is great. We feel like we can beat any team when we’re playing well. We were able to get our mojo back.
“I like to hit my forehand pretty big, and from what I hear, most of the other doubles guys don’t like that so much,” added Sock.
Nestor and Roger-Vasselin broke serve to 30 for a 5-3 lead, closing out the 30-minute opener on their second set point opportunity. They looked set for their second team crown at 3-2 in the second set, but Pospisil and Sock won four consecutive games. In the 11-minute Match tie-break, Nestor and Roger-Vasselin took a 3-1 lead but ended having won just three of their service points.
The 43-year-old Nestor is now 88-57 lifetime in tour-level finals, including 3-2 in 2015, while Roger-Vasselin drops to a 11-4 mark. His biggest title came at 2014 Roland Garros (w/Benneteau). They share $87,270 and 300 points.