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Canadas Vasek Pospisil has usually just played a little doubles on the side throughout his tennis career. Brandon Crawford Jersey . That will change now that hes a Wimbledon champion. Pospisil teamed with American Jack Sock for the first time this month and the results were staggering. They pulled off upset after upset at the All England Club and capped their stunning run by topping the best mens doubles team of all-time in the final. "We were kind of joking around about it a little bit when we decided to sign up -- that wed go for the title," Pospisil said Tuesday on a conference call. "Joking -- but actually believing in it a little bit. I think if we didnt believe we could do it I dont think wed be standing here with the trophy ... we definitely knew it was possible but we wouldnt put money on it." Pospisil, from Vancouver, and Sock are big hitters who used their strong service games and volley skills to their advantage at the Grand Slam event. Theyre young, tall and powerful and had no pressure as an unseeded duo. The final was a five-set thriller that lasted over three hours, as Pospisil and Sock beat top seeds and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. "We celebrated probably from the moment we got into the locker-room -- the champagne was flowing," Pospisil said. "We had a really great night with friends and family." Singles play will still be Pospisils primary focus but he plans to team with Sock for the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open and possibly the season-ending doubles championships. Pospisil lost his first-round singles match at Wimbledon before giving doubles his full attention. It didnt take long for him to develop some on-court chemistry with Sock. "It was just one of those things, we didnt even really practise or anything," Pospisil said. "The first time we hit was before our first-round match. I think we just got along really well and our personalities seemed to match really well. We had a lot of fun on the court. I think that was the main thing. "From the very first round we were just laughing and enjoying ourselves and trying not to take it too seriously but at the same time wanting to win." With Socks booming forehand and Pospisils aggressive net play, they quickly found their groove. They were pushed to five sets in the second round before knocking off eighth-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan. Second-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazils Bruno Soares fell in a four-set quarter-final. In the semifinal, Pospisil and Sock surprised fifth seeds Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in straight sets before they denied the Bryan twins their 16th Grand Slam doubles title and 99th overall. Pospisil and Sock saved four match points in the final set before the American hit a winner down the line for the victory. 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I think I told him like 50-50 at the time but it was probably more like 60-70 per cent that I wouldnt play. "It just ended up working out very well." It was the first Centre Court appearance for both the 24-year-old Pospisil and Sock, whos 21. Sock has had Grand Slam doubles success in the past, teaming with fellow American Melanie Oudin to win the mixed title at the 2011 U.S. Open. Pospisils previous best Grand Slam doubles results were round of 16 appearances last year with Ottawas Jesse Levine at Wimbledon and with Nestor at the U.S. Open. The Canadian currently holds the No. 33 position in both the singles and doubles world rankings. Sock is ranked 31st in doubles and 76th in singles. Matt Cain Jersey . They probably ruined Tim Duncans hopes of a career change, though. Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that wont be granted. Madison Bumgarner Jersey . 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In addition to the personal deal with Tanaka, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Eagles. His agreement calls for $22 million in each of the first six seasons and $23 million in 2020, and it allows him to terminate the deal after the 2017 season and become a free agent. Asked to deliver a message to Yankee fans in English, Tanaka said he plans to let his performance on the field do the talking. "I dont speak English so Ill just have to win the trust and confidence of the fans with my performance on the field," the 25-year-old right-hander said. Big league teams had until Friday to reach an agreement with Tanaka, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as the Eagles won the Japan Series title. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros all saiid they were among the failed bidders. Johnny Cueto Jersey. 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