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Canadas Vasek Pospisil has usually just played a little doubles on the side throughout his tennis career. Tyler Ennis Sabres 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. "Our games fit extremely well, they complemented each other really well the whole tournament," Pospisil said. "Our personalities by the end of two weeks, we pretty much went from not knowing each other too well at all to being best friends." They were the first team since 2000 (Lleyton Hewitt and Max Mirnyi) to win a Grand Slam title in their first tournament together. It was the first time a Canadian had played in the Wimbledon mens doubles final since 2009, when Torontos Daniel Nestor teamed with Nenad Zimonjic to win their second All England Club title. Pospisil and Sock first broached the subject of teaming up about six weeks ago, but Pospisil didnt know if hed be able to play due to a nagging back injury. The Canadian was pain-free in the days leading up to Wimbledon and they gave it a go. "The timing was pretty amazing," Pospisil said. "It was a pretty fortunate pairing that we got together and that he decided to take that chance. 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. Ryan OReilly Sabres Jersey .com) - Rakeem Christmas scored 21 points, B. Brian Gionta Sabres Jersey .1 Sam Stosur will meet Germanys second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal.DENVER -- Matt Duchenes strong start has been mirrored by his team. Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. "Its special, going from where weve gone the last year," Duchene said, recalling the Avalanches 15th-place finish in the Western Conference last season. "It feels great to be 9-1, the best team in the league. "But you cant be satisfied. We know how fast that can turn. Weve been there before early in seasons and really slowed down going down the stretch. So weve got to keep on moving the way we are." Erik Johnson and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Avalanche, who topped Carolina at home for the ninth straight time. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves in the win. "I think its a new attitude," said forward Paul Stastny, crediting much of the turnaround to the influence of first-year coach Patrick Roy. "Obviously, weve had the goaltending and we have a lot of depth. I think were all playing together and sacrificing for each other. "Were doing the little things right, and you do that over the course of 60 minutes, over the course of a season, and the puck is going to bounce your way." Carolina, which got goals from Drayson Bowman and Andrej Sekera, came into the game scrambling at the goalie position. Justin Peters, recalled from Charlotte of the AHL earlier this month, made his first start of the season because of injuries to the Hurricanes top two goalies and stopped 30 shots. "Hes battling in there," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "A couple of those plays were odd-number situations, two on one. Guys losing their assignments put him in a vulnerable spot." Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward left Thursdays game at Minnesota in the first period with a lower-body injury, and Anton Khudobin has missed five games, also with a lower-body injury that has landed him on the injured list. Carolina recalled Mike Murphy from Charlotte on an emergency basis as an additiional backup before the game. Dale Hawerchuk Jersey. The Avalanche were on the power play when Duchene wristed a shot from between the circles into the net for his second goal of the night and his team-high eighth overall. That gave Colorado a 4-1 lead 36 seconds into the third. Carolina fought back with a goal by Sekera at 2:40. The Hurricanes had a chance to get even closer when they were on the power play midway through the period, but were turned away by Varlamov, who made consecutive saves. He stopped a shot from point-blank range by Alexander Semin. Colorado pressured the Hurricanes in their zone from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead while putting up 18 shots to Carolinas eight in the first period. "They came out ready to play," Peters said. "We knew they were going to come out ready. They have a great atmosphere here and have a great record at home. They had some chances, got some bounces there. Theyre real quick. All their guys can skate real well. Theyre fast, theyre hungry. They really battle hard on pucks as a team. When you have that skill level and confidence, it goes a long way." Johnson finished a 3-on-2 rush at 11:30 of the first by knocking the puck off his skate past Peters. Duchene scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season six minutes later, coming around the back of the net and wristing a shot that trickled in off Peters right leg. Carolina pulled within 2-1 when Bowman, off a centring pass from Jordan Staal, one-timed a shot from the right circle that got past Varlamov. But the Avalanche regained a two-goal advantage at 10:11 of the second. Duchene sent a pass toward the slot where the streaking Tanguay picked it up and wristed it into the net for his third goal. NOTES: Carolinas Radek Dvorak didnt return after leaving the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. ... Carolinas Tim Gleason played in his 600th NHL game. ... 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