Isner/Sock Claim Second Indian Wells Title Together
Americans John Isner and Jack Sock won their second BNP Paribas Open title together on Saturday evening when they defeated Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(4), 6-3 for the trophy.
The wild cards saved all 11 break points they faced and found clutch shots in the big moments to earn the crown after 80 minutes in front of a thrilled crowd, which remained inside Stadium 1 following a memorable singles semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz that lasted more than three hours.
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“From the bottom of our hearts, we wouldn’t enjoy playing out here if it wasn’t for the fans. It’s nice to have the fans back and to be playing in the States in front of our home fans is unbelievable,” Sock said during the trophy ceremony. “Thank you guys for staying, seriously.”
The close friends have not played together often, but they have made an impressive duo when they have. Isner and Sock are now 26-8 as a pair, with three ATP Masters 1000 titles.
“Jack and I always enjoy our time here. It feels amazing to share the court with Jack, so thank you for playing with me,” Isner said. “A huge thank you to [Tournament Director] Tommy Haas for the wild card, because without that, we would not have been able to play. So Tommy, we owe you dinner buddy!”
The Americans impressively stormed through the field from the first round, with wins over 2021 year-end No. 1 team Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic as well as Australian Open champions Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios among their victories.
Despite their loss, it was an impressive run for Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin, who were competing together for the first time. Last July, Roger-Vasselin underwent hip surgery. This was his first final since.
“Thank you for staying here, even though you were cheering for the Americans,” Roger-Vasselin joked with the crowd. “Thanks to my partner for texting me two weeks ago. We were not supposed to play together, but in the end we did a great tournament.”