Canada got a Wimbledon champion Saturday after all.
No, not Eugenie Bouchard. Vasek Pospisil.
Just hours after Bouchard lost the women’s final, Pospisil, along with partner Jack Sock, took Centre Court and won the men’s doubles championship at the All England Club in London.
The 24-year-old from Vernon, B.C., and his American teammate defeated No. 1 seeded brother duo Bob and Mike Bryan in five sets, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
It was nail-biter from start to finish. Pospisil and Sock needed a fifth championship point in the final set to put it away. After going up 5-4, they had their opponents on the ropes with two chances to break the twin brothers, but failed to convert. They did not make the same mistake two games later, putting down the Bryans for good.
Pospisil and Sock were competing as a team for first time and are the first duo since Lleyton Hewitt and Max Mirnyi in 2000 to win a Grand Slam title in their first tournament together. The Bryans, considered the best men’s doubles team of all-time, were vying for a 16th Grand Slam championship.
Pospisil commented after the match how he and Sock complemented one another throughout the tournament.
“I think our games click perfectly together,” Pospisil told reporters. “Throughout the tournament when one guy was down the other guy just raised his level at the perfect time.”
Pospisil had extra reason to be happy. After struggling with back issues for six months he is finally competing pain-free.
“These last few weeks have been amazing, to be honest, because the whole year was a struggle,” he said.
It was Pospisil’s first doubles title ever, let alone at a Grand Slam event. He also became the first Wimbledon men’s doubles champion from Canada not named Daniel Nestor. Nestor, who hails from Toronto, has raised the trophy twice (2008, 2009) at the All England Club and won a total of eight Grand Slam doubles titles.