Murray and Soares win US Open Men’s Doubles title

 

By Ros Satar

  • Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares [4] def. Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-3
  • Become the first pairing since the Bryan Brothers to win multiple Slam titles in a season since 2013
  • Murray is the first British man to win the US Open since Roger Taylor in 1972
NEW YORK, USA – Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares roared to their second Grand Slam title in 2016, as the capped the year with the US Open title in straight sets.

 

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It was a nervy start by both pairs, with Murray broken to start, and some excellent volleying by the more established pair to get the break back from their unseeded opponents. Soares, who might have rued some wayward serving by his own high standards earlier in the tournament settled the ship with a hold.

After a medical time-out where Murray was seemingly having his neck twisted off by the physio, the break may have unsettled the Spaniards more – some more breath-taking volleys with a resounding put-away by Soares put the fourth seeds just a nudge ahead once more.

Soares’ placement on overheads was really beginning to do some damage, as they stretched their lead to 5-2.

Murray’s feel at the net would help get them out of a similar tricky start but some solid serving this time around by the Brit saw them win their fifth game on the bounce, and as Carreno Busta continued to struggle with the midday sun shining on the split light and shade court, the Australian Open champions opened with a break.

Even when their serve was immediately under pressure, thanks to some lightning fast reflexes from Garcia Lopez, the open court just seemed to beg to Murray for a put-away to save break point.

In fact Murray’s presence at the net was causing all kinds of kerfuffles at the other end of the court – trying to get around the lanky Brit was drawing crucial errors and put the fourth seeds in a commanding 3-0 lead at the start of the second set.

With the errors now flooding from Carreno Busta, the youngest of all four players on the court, the Brits edged to within just two games from the title.

With the Spaniards delaying the inevitable it was Murray to serve out for the title, with new balls. It was done with some style – he served it out to love to win a second Slam – it is a great partnership and it is great to see it rewarded.

Murray became the first British man since 1912 to claim multiple Grand Slam men’s doubles titles in the same year, and the first team since the Bryan Brothers to win multiple Slams in a year.

In Australia it was a talkative Soares and a tearful Murray who stepped up for the speeches. This time around there was a jokey little moment as once more Murray senior edges a record ahead of his younger brother. After all, Jamie Murray combined with Jelena Jankovic to win the first Slam in the family with the Mixed Doubles title!

This pair have also already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, qualifying after winning their third round, and aided and abetted with Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau’s loss in the same round.

Soares has played a couple of times, and Murray will be at the O2 for the second time.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will take place in London between 13-20 November.

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