ATP World Tour Doubles - Week 44
Murrays Win First Team Title In Valencia
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray helped give his brother, Jamie Murray, the perfect wedding present Sunday as the brothers won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together with a 7-6(8), 5-7, 10-7 victory over Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the final of the Valencia Open 500.
The Scots were playing their first ATP World Tour doubles final together just over a week after Jamie married Colombian Alejandra Gutierrez in his hometown of Dunblane, with Andy serving as best man. It was Andy’s first ATP World Tour doubles title, while Jamie captured his fifth career title and first since February 2008 when he triumphed in Delray Beach with Max Mirnyi.
“It was a great week, it’s the first time me and Jamie have ever won a tournament together. One of the best wins of my career, that’s for sure,” declared Andy. “It’s amazing [to win a title with my brother]. Very few people can say they’ve managed to do that. We beat one of the best teams in the world in the final. It’s great for me, obviously great for Jamie and I hope he can push on from here."
“Obviously I got married last week and then I had the chance to come here with Andy and play a big tournament here,” said Jamie. “We made the most of it and it was well worth it. I had a great time all week playing with Andy. We don’t really get the chance so often anymore; it was fun to be on the court with him and we played some great matches all week.”
The Murrays, who were a wild card entry this week, edged their third-seeded opponents in a tight first-set tie-break after saving one set point. However, despite rallying from a 1-3 deficit in the second set, two double faults on Jamie’s serve in the 11th game proved costly as Bhupathi and Mirnyi broke serve again to level the match. The Scots recovered well in the Match Tie-break, though, and quickly established a 9-4 lead before closing out victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
Indian Bhupathi and Belarusian Mirnyi are looking to secure one of the four remaining spots at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Bhupathi dropped to a 45-37 lifetime mark in tour-level finals, while Mirnyi slipped to a 36-33 record.