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Blue Valley North graduate Jack Sock teams with John Isner to win men’s doubles tennis title in Shanghai

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Former Blue Valley North player Jack Sock (left) and John Isner posed with their trophies after defeating Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the men’s doubles final at the Shanghai Masters.
Former Blue Valley North player Jack Sock (left) and John Isner posed with their trophies after defeating Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the men’s doubles final at the Shanghai Masters. The Associated Press

Jack Sock has had some memorable moments playing doubles, and he had another one Sunday.

Sock, who played high school tennis at Blue Valley North, and John Isner won the men’s doubles title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament. Sock and Isner defeated Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Sock and Isner received 1,000 Emirates ATP doubles rankings points and split $323,100.

They were playing doubles together for just the third time. Sock and Isner had lost in the first round of their two previous tries.

“We just had a lot of fun. Laughed a lot. Kept it light out there,” Sock said. “I think that's why we played pretty well.”

The victory gave Sock his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles crown and his seventh overall ATP World Tour doubles title. His success in doubles includes winning in men’s doubles with Vasek Pospisil in 2014 at Wimbledon and in mixed doubles with Melanie Oudin in 2011 at the U.S. Open. This summer at the Rio Olympics, he won a gold medal with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in mixed doubles and bronze with Steve Johnson in men’s doubles.

Sock and Isner dominated with their big serves. They won 40 of 51 points (78 percent ) on their serves and never faced a break point.

On returns of serve, Sock and Isner cashed a couple of opportunities. An Isner overhead handed them their first break for a 3-2 lead in the first set, and they converted their second service break for a 4-3 advantage in the second set when a forehand by Isner was too much for Kontinen to handle at the net.

In the singles final, Andy Murray won his sixth title of the year with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

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