Isner/Sock Beat Bryan Brothers To Reach Shanghai Final
Americans will try to continue strong serving in final
The Americans beat second seeds and compatriots Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-2, 7-6(2) in 59 minutes on Saturday in Shanghai. Isner and Sock were nearly untouchable on serve. They struck 15 aces, saved both break points faced and won 83 per cent of their service points (44/53). In Sunday's final, they'll face Henri Kontinen and John Peers, who beat Croatians Marin Cilic and Mate Pavic 6-3, 6-4.
Both Isner and Sock have captured ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles titles. Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells last season. Isner won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Rome in 2011 with compatriot Sam Querrey.
Sock and Isner had played together two previous times: In 2014 at Valencia, where they lost in the first round, and last season at the Swiss Indoors Basel, where they also fell in the opening round.
The Bryan twins were attempting to reach their sixth final of the season. They're currently No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London and have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London. They're also two wins away from becoming the first team in the Open Era with 1,000 match wins (998-308). The brothers currently have 112 team titles.