INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Can-American team known as Pospisock, or PopSock, ran into a better team Sunday at Indian Wells, and fell one match short of defending their BNP Paribas Open doubles title.
They were beaten 6-3, 7-6 (5) by the reigning US Open champions, Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert of France on a late afternoon-turned-evening during which they didn't quite bring their best, and their opponents did.
Jack Sock wasn't at maximum focus early on, and he and partner Vasek Popsisil changed returning sides in the second to try to get things going. They didn't make many returns throughout the set but put together a few in the late going – enough to earn two set points to take the second set and take it to the match tiebreak.
Mahut and Herbert fended that off and took care of the tiebreak, earning their fourth title together, their first Masters 1000 Series trophy.
The French team looked on their way out in the second round to Pospisil's countryman Daniel Nestor and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek, but wriggled their way out of a set and a break deficit to roar to the win.
By Sunday, the only players left in Indian Wells will be the four singles finalists: Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic for the men, and Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka for the women.
Everyone else is headed to, or already arrived, in Key Biscayne, Fla. where a similar Masters 1000/WTA Premier 10-day event gets under way next week.