By Ros Satar
- Jamie Murray and John Peers lose to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the final of the men’s doubles, 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4
Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers were edged out of a tight doubles final by the fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.
The pairing, who first got together in 2013, have won five titles already on the tour, including early success against the Bryan Brothers shortly after forming their partnership. This was their first Grand Slam final, although Murray won the Mixed Doubles with Jelena Jankovic in 2007.
His brother Andy Murray was watching, having yesterday exited the tournament at the hands of a tight three-setter against an inspired Roger Federer.
Murray and Peers had their chances in the first set, but could not convert, and Rojer and Tecau struck first to edge a tight tie-breaker for a one-set lead.
From that point the fourth seeds gained momentum, putting Murray and Peers under pressure early on with a single break at the start of the second set, and not relinquishing that lead.
Things were a little tighter in the third set, but a Peers double fault and some deft work at the net by Rojer gave them a decisive break, as they went on to serve out for the title to love.
Murray said afterwards: “We had a few chances at the start the match that maybe we could have done a bit better with. I think after a while they started to serve very well. I think they serve very well. I think they served smart. To me, personally I thought they made a lot of first serves, as well. I think they deserved to win.”
He went on to joke about his brother: “I didn’t know he was coming till I heard him shouting. He was shouting all the time. Encouragement. Yeah, it was cool. It was nice to see him out there supporting [us].”
Peers not only had to endure the disappointment of losing his first Grand Slam but also had the news broken to him of Australia’s collapse in the first test of The Ashes.
He said: “I got told that when I walked off the court and I said, I’m having a good day then.”
Murray was picked to be part of the Team GB Davis Cup side that will face France in the quarter-finals at Queen’s Club next week.