US MEN'S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP
Murray/Peers Upset Bryans to Win Houston Title
by ATP Staff|
Great Britain's Jamie Murray and Australia's John Peers rallied from behind to upset top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan on Saturday at the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, defeating the four-time champions 1-6, 7-6(3), 12-10 in 84 minutes to win their first title as a team.
Though they were broken twice and unable to convert three break points in the opening set, the British/Australian team saved all four break points in the second set to force a tie-break, in which they won seven straight points.
In the decisive third set tie-break, Murray/Peers saved a match point, before converting their second to claim the title.
"We did well to come back...slowly but surely, we started to play good tennis," said Murray, admitting his team was crushed in the first set. "They were well on top [but] we hung in there."
Murray/Peers prevented the Bryans from capturing their fifth ATP World Tour title of the year, and fifth crown at the River Oaks Country Club.
"Anytime you're going to beat those guys, you're going to be happy about it. They're the best doubles team ever...it's tough to go out against them in a final, especially in the [United] States, the crowd was behind them," said Murray.
It was the British/Australian's sixth tournament as a team, and best result since their semi-final run at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
"We started playing after Australia...it takes time, it doesn't happen overnight, you've got to keep working hard," Murray said of the new partnership. "Everything starts from zero again on Monday," added the Scot.
It was a successful debut for Peers, in his first ATP World Tour doubles final. The win marked Murray's eighth doubles crown, breaking the drought since his last title at the 2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships partnering brother Andy Murray.