LONDON - Milos Raonic fell short in the semi-final, Eugenie Bouchard fell short in the final but that didn't mean that the Canadian contingent left the All-England Club empty-handed. After his inauspicious start to Wimbledon that saw him lose in the first round, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil joined forces with American Jack Sock in the doubles bracket where they won the championship, defeating the Bryan brothers on Saturday 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
For those tennis fans who were hoping to see a thriller, they got one from this match.
Pospisil and Sock - who had never played together prior to this tournament - took the three-time Wimbledon champs on a wild ride, going three hours and six minutes before clinching the title.
For Pospisil, this was just his fifth doubles event at a major. In addition, he and Sock have become the first duo to win a Grand Slam title in their first tournament since 2000 when Lleyton Hewitt and Max Myrnyi accomplished the feat together.
Prior to this year's Wimbledon, Vasek Pospisil's previous best in the doubles bracket was in the Round of 16 at last year's Wimbledon when he was paired with Ottawa's Jesse Levine. Pospisil also advanced to the Round of 16 with Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor at last September's US Open.
Overall, the 2014 version of the All-England Club was a very solid tournament for the Canadians involved. In addition to Raonic, Bouchard and now Pospisil, the aforementioned Daniel Nestor made it to the semi-finals in the mixed doubles bracket with Kristina Mladenovic.
As wonderful as it would be for Vasek Pospisil to excel as a singles competitor, this win must be great consolation for a player with so much potential still trying to find his stride. Nevertheless, Pospisil has made his native country proud at the All-England Club.