By Ros Satar at the O2, London

  • Henri Kontinen & John Peers deny Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares a shot at the Finals
  • Second year in a row they reach the semi-finals
LONDON, UK – British Tennis interest at the World Tour Finals  ended as Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares bowed out in the Nitto ATP Finals semi-finals.

 

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Henri Kontinen/John Peers def. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares 7-6(2) 6-2

Two-time Slam champions Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares just fell short of a spot in their first season-ending finale together, as they were beaten by defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Despite a spirited start against the Bryan Brothers, the pair lost their opener, and had to play some inspired tennis this week to reach their second semi-final as a pairing, including a win against the No. 1 doubles pair and top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, to reach the knock out stages.

Prior to the match, the pair knew they were up against it, trailing them 1-4 in their head to head.

Murray said, ahead of the clash: “It’s going to be tough again, obviously. We lost to them twice this year, both in tiebreaks, close matches. I mean, they’re a power team, big serves, having cracks at returns.

“It’s not like you get a lot of rhythm playing against them. In saying that, I think both matches we did a pretty good job of kind of getting balls in play, winning points on their serve. We pretty much did everything except win really.”

In a competitive first set, the Finn and Aussie held firm to edge the first set in a tie-break, before running away with it in the second set.

Murray and Soares saved four set points being forcing the tie-break but after losing two mini-breaks on their serve in the breaker, the first set was swiftly gone.

Things went from bad to worse as they were then broek in the opening game of the second set, and a break at the end of the set sealed the fate of the Brit and Brazilian.

Kontinen and Peers (who played here at the World Tour Finals with Jamie Murray two years ago) will go on to face Kubot and Melo in the finals.

The Doubles final will take place on Sunday at 3:30pm GMT.

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