Murray & Peers lose a thrilling final
By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & John Peers lose the final to Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4
- Second Grand Slam final in a row finish runners up
New York, USA – Jamie Murray & John Peers were in their second Grand Slam Final in a row. For the second time they finished runners up after a close straight sets defeat.
Murray & Peers had made their second Grand Slam final, and their second in a row. Incidentally, that achievement was the first time in history that a British male had reached back to back slam finals. Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut were in their first Grand Slam Final together. The French team were seeded 12th with Murray & Peers seeded eighth, the match up would be interesting. The higher seeds had lost earlier to much lower opposition leaving the two teams to fight out for the title
In the first set both teams played well, with nothing much to separate them. The first serve percentage of Murray & Peers 67% with 80% of points behind the serve, this stated was matched by the French team. The Brit/Aussie pairing created five break point opportunities on the 12th seeds serves, however they were unable to convert any of them. The French pair also created five break points, they converted the one that mattered to seal the set 6-4.
The second set saw the first serve percentage of both teams rise. Murray & Peers were still combining well as a team, however the French targetted the Australian on net points as the weaker player. That was a successful tactic as the 12th seeds managed to create a break point on Peers service game. The eighth seeds held tough saving the break point. Still targetting everything towards Peers the French held easily not allowing Murray & Peers any break point chances. The final game saw the higher ranked players slip to 15-40 before saving the first match point. They were unable to save the second as the French players collapsed to the floor in celebration.
Murray showed he had not lost his sense of humour in the loss, as he stated “I’m starting to know what Andy felt for a long time”.
The final day of the US Open starts at 12pm (5pm BST)