ATP Finals 2018: Mike Bryan, Jack Sock round out phenomenal year by winning doubles title in thrilling fashion
Mike Bryan and Jack Sock who lost 6-2, 6-2 to their eighth-seeded opponents in the group stage at the ATP season finale, raced out of blocks in the second set, taking it in 24 minutes with two breaks of serve to force a match tie-break.
London: Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the ATP Finals doubles title in thrilling fashion on Sunday, coming from a set down to beat French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11.
In an entertaining match at London's O2 Arena, both teams exerted consistent pressure on their opponents' serve until Bryan and Sock buckled in the seventh game.
The fifth seeds broke back immediately to level at 4-4 but remained vulnerable on their own serve and succumbed again in the 11th game, squandering opportunities of their own in the following game to lose the first set 7-5.
The American pair, who lost 6-2, 6-2 to their eighth-seeded opponents in the group stage at the ATP season finale, raced out of blocks in the second set, taking it in 24 minutes with two breaks of serve to force a match tie-break.
Bryan and Sock carved out a 9-5 lead but could not finish the match, squandering five championship points and saving one for the French before they sealed the set 13-11.
Sock, who appeared in the ATP Finals singles last year, teamed up with Mike Bryan after Bryan's twin brother, Bob, suffered a season-ending hip injury in May and won the doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, and is playing only his third tournament since last year's Australian Open, has always said Wimbledon is his priority this year.
It was his eighth win in eight meetings with the Uzbek and gave him a second round clash against Marin Cilic, another familiar foe he has met 10 times.
Paire will be a tough first round opponent for Murray, who was given a wild card entry, though how much of a challenge may depend on what mood the Frenchman is in.