Australian Open: Murray and Soares win doubles title

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Jamie Murray became the first Briton to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title in 82 years, as he and Bruno Soares beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6 6-4 7-5.

Brazil’s Soares, 33, twice lost his serve as Canada’s Nestor, 43, and Czech Stepanek, 37, took the opening set.

Murray, 29, and Soares began to exert more pressure and broke in the fifth game on the way to the second set.

The pair then served out for the win at the second attempt in the decider.

Murray was serving for victory at 5-4 up in the third, but failed to hold serve as he was broken for the first time in the match as Nestor and Stepanek gave themselves hope.

But Murray and Soares immediately broke back before the latter comfortably held on to his serve to complete victory.

The livewire Murray’s volleying and serving were a major part of the success, as the Scot – whose brother Andy plays in the men’s singles final on Sunday – added the title to his mixed doubles win with Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon in 2007.

Andy Murray turned up for the post-match trophy ceremony and an emotional Jamie said: “Andy, you should be in bed, not here taking photos.”

“You dream about this moment since when you start playing tennis and I don’t know what to say,” said Soares.

“Jamie, my partner, it’s only one month [since we teamed up], but I think we can retire now.

“Thanks for inviting me and thanks for playing such good tennis. I hope we can carry it on and play for many more matches like this.”


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