Mike Bryan and Jack Sock capped an overwhelmingly productive six-month tennis partnership with a win at the ATP Finals Sunday in London.
The reigning Wimbledon and US Open doubles champions beat the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 and finished the season at 20-6.
Bryan and Sock, seeded fifth, faced Herbert and Mahut in the group stage on Friday and lost 6-2, 6-2.
This first set of Sunday’s final was close, with Bryan and Sock breaking a 4-4 tie to take the lead and get the opportunity to close out the first set on top. Herbert and Mahut tied it again, however, and held the Americans off to take the first set 7-5.
In the second set, Bryan and Sock dominated 6-1, to even things up and force a third set.
Over the course of the 90-minute match, Sock and Bryan saved six of eight break points to top the eighth-seeded Herbert and Mahut.
It was Bryan’s fifth ATP Finals victory, but the first without his twin brother, Bob, who has been out with a hip injury since May. His absence led Bryan to Sock, 26, with whom he partnered for the last six months to great success. In addition to Wimbledon and the US Open, they also won at Indian Wells and rose to No. 2 in the rankings. Bryan is the top-ranked doubles player and, at age 40, the oldest player to be at that rank.
However, this was likely the last time the two will play together as the Bryan brothers intend to reunite.