Bryans, Isner/Sock Set All-American Doubles Final In Indian Wells
Saturday's BNP Paribas Open doubles final will be an all-American showdown. Two-time former champions and seventh seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will meet countrymen John Isner and Jack Sock in the season's first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles title match.
The Bryans prevailed past Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach the final during their 20th consecutive appearance in Indian Wells.
The American twins will be going for their 37th Masters 1000 title as a team and their third Indian Wells title (2013, 2014). The Bryan brothers have won 114 tour-level titles as a team but haven't hoisted a trophy since 2017 Atlanta.
Isner and Sock upset third seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-3, 6-2. The Americans won 88 per cent of their first-serve points (28/32) and saved the lone break point they faced.
Isner/Sock won the 2016 Rolex Shanghai Masters, and Sock won the 2015 BNP Paribas Open crown with Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Isner also won the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome with countryman Sam Querrey.
Marach/Pavic had been the hottest doubles team on the ATP World Tour. They had started the year 21-2, including a 17-match winning streak that included three titles from four finals: Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Murray/Soares), the ASB Classic (d. Mirnyi/Oswald) and the Australian Open (d. Cabal/Farah). Their win streak was snapped in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament final (l. to Herbert/Mahut).