27 year-old Briton Jamie Murray – with Australian doubles partner John Peers – overturned the four-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the Us Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston. The Bryan Brothers are ranked first in the world, whereas Murray is ranked 16th and Peers 70th. The underdogs were awarded 250 ATP points each, as well as $25,000 to share between them.
It wasn’t easy going for them in the final, since as at first it looked as though Bob and Mike would win the tournament for the fourth straight time – and fifth overall – after the young Anglo-Aussie pair were broken twice in the opening set to be beaten 6-1. However, they showed resilience in taking the top seeds to a tie-break, and so won it 7-3 and this meant a Champions’ tie-break in the final set. Where every point can decide a game, Murray and Peers kept cool under pressure and flicked the ball all over the court with good volleys from the net, and won the tense set 12-10.
The final match result was therefore 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 12-10. After the recent Davis Cup upset, And his brother being Miami Champion, Jamie Murray has been added to the ever-growing list of victorious Britons.
Is it just a phase or a turn in the fortune of British tennis, can they keep it up?