In an unexpected turn of events, Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock defeated fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 to set up their first ever Grand Slam final as a pairing, where they will meet legendary duo Bob and Mike Bryan.
The Canadian/American pairing have earned several notable victories en route to the finals, including wins over the eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the second round and had second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the quarter-finals. They will now try their hand at toppling arguably the greatest doubles pairing in the history of modern tennis.
“He’s a fun guy. We get along great. That’s one of the reasons we’re playing so well together,” Pospisil said. “To be honest, I haven’t put any emphasis on doubles at all the last two years, but I lost early here. A Grand Slam is different; when you play Grand Slam doubles you play full out and want to do well.”
It is an extraordinary achievement considering they only decided to pair up a few weeks before the tournament, and Pospisil, who had dealt with a back injury for the earlier portion of the season, had informed Sock that there was a 60-70% chance that he would have to withdraw from the tournament.
The Bryan brothers reached yet another Wimbledon final on Friday afternoon after they dispatched French duo Nicolas Mahut and Michael Llorda 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 46 minutes. They are bidding to win their fourth Wimbledon title and their sixth of the season.