The New York Empire improved to 4-4 on the season as it narrowly beat the San Diego Aviators 20-19 in a supertiebreaker.
The two teams flip-flopped the score throughout the match to enter Men’s Doubles 15-14 in favor of the Aviators. Facing a must-win game with the set at 4-3 in in favor of New York, Skupski and Sock couldn’t convert the break for an Empire win as the Aviators forced a tiebreaker.
The Empire owned the tiebreaker, winning 5-2, and sent the match into a 13-point supertiebreaker to determine the match’s outcome. Christian Harrison’s return on a Skupski volley found the net giving the supertiebreaker, and match, to the Empire.
“It felt really good. Our very first match we lost… after having a ton of chances to close it out and then again against Chicago, who’s one of the best teams here, I had match points in the final (set) of that one to close that out,” said Sock. “To be on the court in the final (set) there and the pull through with Neal (Skupski), we had a really good collective team effort. Being down a break in this format, in doubles, is not easy to come back from so I’m super proud of that.”
New York Empire 20, San Diego Aviators 19
►Mixed Doubles: Jack Sock/Kim Clijsters (Empire) def. Ryan Harrison/CoCo Vandeweghe (Aviators), 5-2
►Women's Doubles: Nicole Melichar/Vandeweghe (Aviators) def. Clijsters/Sabine Lisicki (Empire), 5-2
►Men’s Singles: Sock (Empire) def. Harrison (Aviators), 5-3
►Women's Singles: Christina McHale (Aviators) def. Lisicki/*Clijsters (Empire), 5-2
►Men's Doubles: Neal Skupski/Sock (Empire) def. Christian Harrison/R. Harrison (Aviators), 5-4
Supertiebreaker - Men's Doubles: Neal Skupski/Sock def. C. Harrison/R. Harrison (Aviators), 1-0 (7-5)
*Kim Clijsters was substituted for Sabine Lisicki at 1-3 in the Women's Singles set.