Australian Open: Murray & Soares make first slam Semi Final
By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares make their first Grand Slam semi final
- Tight quarter final sees them through
Melbourne, Australia- Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have made their first Grand Slam semi final by defeating the 13th seeds in a thrilling match.
Murray and Soares faced the 13th seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the quarter finals on Tuesday in hope to book a last four spot. The lower seeds fought hard in the first set, staying toe to toe with the seventh seeds. Inevitably this led to a first set tiebreak, where Murray and Soares seemed out of sorts as they lost the breaker 3-7. Murray and Soares would have to do this the hard way if they were to make the semi final.
The second set saw the seventh seeds get a better start and they broke early. Murray and Soares fought to hold serve as Klassen and Ram created three break point chances in the second set, however the higher seeds saved each of the break points to deny South African/American team any chance of winning the second set. The Brit/Brazilian pair levelled up the match taking the second set 6-4 to take us to a thrilling finale.
As the doubles is best of three sets, it would be a one set shoot out to decide the winner. Much like the first, neither team could break serve. They kept toe to toe with each other, leading to another tiebreak to settle the semi finalists. Murray & Soares were serving second throughout the set which was another pressure to deal with. Once in the breaker, things were much different. Klassen and Ram won the first point before the seventh seeds took control and raced to a 5-1 lead, before the 13th seeds pulled two points back. However Murray and Soares secured the winning point to take the breaker 7-3.
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