26 Feb American Duo Shine: Sock and Blake to take on No. 3 seed Fleming and Peers
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American Duo Shine:
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by By Romana Cvitkovic
The American tandem of Jack Sock and James Blake will open up their doubles campaign against No. 3 seeds Colin Fleming and John Peers on Wednesday.
In just their first tournament as a team last week, rising American star Jack Sock and veteran James Blake made the men’s doubles final of the Memphis tournament, en route defeating the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Receiving a wildcard into both Memphis and Delray, the Americans have found good chemistry in their partnership and will look to hoist their first trophy as a team this week.
Sock, 20, currently sits at a career-high singles ranking of 130 and achieved his best singles showing by reaching the quarterfinals in Memphis last week, defeating, coincidentally, his doubles partner James Blake. After a slow start to the year, the young American is finally rising to the challenge, showcasing his massive serve, forehand and speed. Blake, 33, is a former world No. 4 and adds great experience and perspective to their collaboration.
Their opponents, Fleming and Peers, are seasoned doubles players, and will be another substantial test for the American duo. Fleming, 28, is coming off of a title-winning week in Marseille where he partnered up with Rohan Bopanna, and earlier in the season, he also won Auckland with partner Bruno Soares. Peers, 24, has also been known to play singles on tour, but has found his best results in doubles.
The wildcard duo of Sock and Blake will have their work cut out for them as they take on the seasoned team of Fleming and Peers.
In singles play, Sock defeated Australian Matt Ebden and will next face lucky loser Ricardas Berankis, while Blake went out to qualifier Ernests Gulbis.