By Philip James
Jamie Murray / John Peers def Christopher Kas / Oliver Marach 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-8
Jamie Murray made it three wins to one loss for Brits against German opponents in Düsseldorf this week and sets up a mouth-watering second round match against his country-men.
Murray and Fleming, fellow Scots, started the season playing together after Fleming’s long-term partner, Ross Hutchinson, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After two unproductive tournaments however , the pair decided to go their separate ways and Fleming soon began partnering Marray, the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles champion, with greater success.
Marray himself partnered Murray for a large part of 2009 and 2010.
Murray and Peers faced a tough task in setting up the all-Commonwealth second round tie, needing to see off Marach and home-favourite Kas first.
The four are all very closely ranked in doubles with Marach at 52nd in the world, Murray 20 places lower and Peers and Kas in between at 59th and 61st respectively.
Murray and Peers were the first to break, creating two break points on Kas’ serve at 3-2 in the first set, taking the second.
Three holds of serve later and Peers was serving for the set at 5-3 but failed to take the first set point at 40-30.
With ‘no-advantage’ scoring in doubles, the ensuing deuce was both set point and break point and the receivers capitalised to break back.
Murray and Peers made up for that profligacy in the tie-break though in which they were never behind and won it 7-3 to take the set in just under 47 minutes.
They had the chance to take a strangle hold on the match with break point in the first game of the second set, but could not capitalise.
From there the set proceeded without even a sniff of a break until Peers dropped serve at 4-5 as Kas and Marach took the set to force a deciding Champion’s Tie-break.
Murray and Peers started the decider strongly, leading 4-0 and then 6-2 before their opponents fought back, reclaiming all the mini-breaks.
But Murray and Peers were not to be denied winning both receiving points at 8-7 to win the breaker and the match in an hour and 35 minutes.
Their match against Fleming and Marray is first on Centre Court 2 tomorrow at 11 BST, while Inglot and Huey look to avenge Delgado when they take on Brands and Sijsling.