Pospisil/Sock Claim Third Team Title In Indian Wells
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock reunite with great success in the desert.
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock got back to their winning ways, claiming a third team title Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.
The Canadian-American duo needed one hour and 43 minutes to edge the all-Italian tandem of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7. They fired nine aces, impressively saving nine of 10 break points faced, while converting on two of their own.
"We came out on fire," Sock said. "I was seeing the ball big and was able to dictate play. Then (losing) my service game in the second set was definitely my fault. I played a very sloppy game and then things started going their way and they started playing better. We hit some big shots at the end and were fortunate to get the win."
Individually, both players captured their fourth ATP World Tour doubles crowns and first at the Masters 1000 level. Pospisil and Sock teamed up to win a maiden Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon last year, becoming the third team to win a major in their first tournament together. The pair also won at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
Pospisil and Sock, who emerge with 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $295,000 in prize money, were cruising up a set and a break when the Italians fought back. Bolelli and Fognini secured their first break of the match for 4-4 as Sock netted a forehand, and after squandering two set points in the 10th game and four more in 12th game, they finally forced a decider in the ensuing tie-break.
In the Match Tie-break, the Canadian-American team were too dominant, and after recovering from an early mini-break deficit they would convert on their fourth match point for the victory.
“I'm very happy," said Pospisil. "It's been an incredible week. We played well every match. We played great tennis. It’s just thrilling to end the week like that and go into Miami with some big confidence.
"It's another milestone. It's really special. This is a (ATP World Tour) Masters 1000, it’s a huge event. It’s our first Masters title. Hopefully we’ll have many more, but definitely a very good feeling.”
In search of their fourth team crown, Australian Open champions Bolelli and Fognini saw their 11-match winning streak snapped. They made history at Melbourne Park in January, becoming the first all-Italian pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Pietrangeli and Sirola won the 1959 Roland Garros crown.