(September 10, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Last year Jamie Murray and his partner John Peers lost in the final of two majors. A new year and a new partner in Bruno Soares has brought the older brother of Andy Murray his first two men’s doubles majors, first in Australia and now at the US Open.
The fourth seeded team defeated the unseeded Spanish pair of Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3. Murray and Soares become the first team to win more thna one major in a season since the Bryan Brothers in 2013.
“I lost two Grand Slam finals last year,” said the Scot. “You know, I felt like I was ready to win. I felt good about my game, where it was at.
“I felt like Bruno was a partner that could get me over the line. I think we were validated under our decision obviously to come together.
“Yeah, I mean, it means so much. For us, these are the biggest tournaments and these are the ones we want to win at the start of the year.
“To have two in the bag, yeah, it’s a huge achievement for us both, and we should be really proud of ourselves, I think.”
Murray and Soares dominated the match by taking control of the net. They broke their opponents serve three times in the first set and once in the second.
The victorious team hit 27 winners to just 11 unforced errors.
The champions reached the final by knocking out the No. 1 team Of Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in their semifinal. Murray has won 15 ATP World Tour doubles titles, while Soares has 22.
Murray talked about when he and Soares came to pair up as a team: “I was speaking about playing last year during — actually after this tournament kind of during the Asian swing a bit.
“Yeah, then obviously we started playing this year, which worked out great, in Australia, to kind of hit it off so well so quickly.
“And for us to come here again and to win a Grand Slam, you know, is an awesome feeling. I think we are both super excited about the partnership and what we can do in the biggest tournaments.
“You know, keep working hard to make sure that we have success in the future, as well.”
“Every title means a lot,” said the Brazilian. “I think Grand Slam is extra special. For me, New York has been amazing to me. I won the mixed here twice.
“I had a very tough run in 2013 when Alex (Peya), we won the semis, but he got injured so we weren’t able to compete in the final. So for me to be able to come back here and win the whole thing is just amazing feeling. I mean, the year has been incredible, our first year as a team.
“I mean, to win two slams, it’s tough to explain how good the feeling is.”
Asked is becoming No. 1 is their goal, the 34-year-old Soares said: “I think so, yeah. Right now, yeah. Before this tournament we were pretty far behind, even though we are No. 3. They had an amazing year. Now I think we are pretty close in the race again. It’s definitely a goal.
“From the beginning of the year, No. 1 goal is to qualify to London, and we did that pretty early. I mean, officially it was before this week, but, I mean, unofficially we know we had a very good chance to be there.
“Now we are in a chance to win it. I think we put ourselves in a very good spot right now. Gotta keep performing well and keep performing well in the big tournaments. We’ve got two Masters 1000 to come and then London. Big points. We’ve got to play our best there again.”
A bit more history for Murray who became the first British man since Roger Taylor in 1972 to win in men’s doubles at the US Open.