In one of the biggest surprises at Wimbledon this year, the unseeded pairing of American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil captured the men's doubles title with a five-set win over the world's top-ranked duo, Bob and Mike Bryan.
For Sock, it's already the second Grand Slam title of his young professional career, having won the mixed doubles at the 2011 U.S. Open with fellow American Melanie Oudin.
Two majors at 21 is a noteworthy accomplishment. Throw in the U.S. Open boys title he won in 2010, and it only supports the fact that Sock knows what it takes to win the big ones.
He's established himself as a top-80 singles player on the ATP World Tour, and now, spurred on by this Wimbledon success, he could be poised to go even higher.
With a booming serve and powerful groundstrokes, Sock has more than enough firepower to compete at the highest level of the men's game. Based on his results this year, he's proved his game plays well on all surfaces: Before Wimbledon, Sock reached the third round at the French Open this year, something that's been no easy feat for Americans the past decade.
Earlier in the year, he reached the quarterfinals at two of his first four tournaments on hard courts, arguably his best surface and the one he'll soon be making a return to as the summer season heats up leading to the U.S. Open.
It's the major all Americans base their year around, and he should be going into this stretch with a high level of confidence after what he achieved at Wimbledon.
And what could be beneficial to Sock's ascension up the rankings is the fact that he has few points to defend over the course of the next few months. He did win the Challenger event in Winnetka, Ill., last year, but was unable to defend the title as the tournament was held during the second week of Wimbledon this year. Aside from that, his best showings post-Wimbledon in 2013 were a round of 32 finish at the U.S. Open and a semifinal showing at the Challenger in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Sock has yet to reach a singles final, but that is a goal that could possibly be attained at some of the smaller events in the next few months leading up to New York. And if he achieves that, who knows where his confidence level will be by the year's last Slam? Perhaps he could make a strong run there.
After all, as his Wimbledon doubles win shows, he seems to know what it takes to come through in the big moments.
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