In the just-concluded ATP Finals doubles round, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock emerged on top of their opposition to clinch the championship in the said category. The American duo, who end the season with a 20-6 record, saved one championship point at 10-11 in the tie-break to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 in just over 90 minutes. The match had all the moments for both the pairs before Bryan-Sock took it over the line.
By virtue of this victory, Bryan and Sock have lifted three trophies in just eight events as a team; the earlier two were Grand Slam trophies at Wimbledon and US Open respectively. Earlier this season, the American duo became the first team to win Wimbledon and the US Open in the same season since Jonas.
Bryan, in the post-match conference, stated, "This is how you want to start a partnership and end one. To win here is just an epic experience. To finish a great year off the right way, winning here, against some of the best teams in the world. The way we did, it went down to the wire. It was pretty exciting. I have had unreal memories with Jack this year. We're kind of closing the book on our partnership because Bob is coming back. But we're always going to be great friends and hang out in the off-season. We're going to spend the off-season together training.
Sock, on the other hand, said, “For me, this is special. Big thanks to Mike for the phone call earlier this year to play. Honestly, all these moments are for Bob. I've known these guys for a long time, we are very good friends. I know he has been watching everything... This is for you Bob, I hope you are watching and I'll see you guys in the off-season."
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega