NEW YORK – There was something (see above) that looked suspiciously like a chest bump between Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock towards the end of their second-round doubles match at the U.S. Open Saturday.
Perhaps an homage, or a message, to the chest-bumping No. 1 Bryan brothers that they're coming again.
Just like at Wimbledon.
There were injury questions at the outset for Pospisil and Sock, who are gunning for their second consecutive Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open after winning a surprise Wimbledon title as an unseeded, and first-time pair.
The Canadian Pospisil injured his shoulder a few days before his first-round singles match against Simone Bolelli of Italy, and ended up losing in five sets. The American Sock had to retire in his own first-round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain with a calf injury that, in the end, seems to have been not much more than a cramp.
They were determined to give it a go. And through their first two rounds, they look like the same enthousiastic pair of puppy dogs who soaked up the Wimbledon experience – and the post-victory champagne.
After taking care of the Finnish team of Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on smaller Court 4, a non-TV court that was as full as it could get, Pospisil and Sock – or Pospisock – were promoted to the much larger Court 17 for their second-round encounter with Martin Draganja of Croatia and Florin Mergea of Romania.
That's a good team – on clay. They reached the semi-finals of the French Open in June and won the Hamburg event a few weeks later. On a hard court, they weren't quite as able to stay in the backcourt and pound their groundstrokes, and so Pospisil and Sock made fairly short work of them, winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance to a third-round match against Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
Sock looked a little ginger on that calf in their first-round match. On Saturday, he looked a lot more like his regular self.