Jamie Murray reaches Houston doubles final – will face Bryan bros

By Philip James

Jamie Murray/John Peers def Nicolas Almagro/ Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 7-6(5)

Jamie Murray’s reward for a great week in Houston will be to face the number one men’s doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan, in the final on Saturday.

Murray, once again partnering Australian John Peers, beat the all-Spanish team of Nicolas Almagro and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 7-6(5) in the semi-final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship on Friday.

The Spaniards had both been in singles action earlier that day with Almagro, seeded first in singles, winning his quarterfinal in straight sets.

But  Ramirez Hidalgo had lost to wildcard Rhyne Williams in a match lasting two and a half hours, before they faced Murray and Peers.

The win for Murray and Peers followed the impressive quarterfinal victory over fourth seeds, Jonathan Erlich and Eric Butorac, Murray’s old partner, 6-4, 6-2.

The only set Murray and Peers have dropped so far was in their first round victory over the American-German combo of Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler on Monday, 6-3, 1-6, 10-4.

This week at the ATP250 tournament is Murray’s best of the season so far, and his first final of 2013.

It also represents a quick turnaround from the disappointing first round exit at the Leon Challenger in Mexico last week when he and Peers (ranked 84th and 70th in the world respectively) were second seeds.

In contrast, Bob and Mike Bryan have been in four finals already this year and won all of them while they lead the next best doubles team by a whopping 2225 points in the team rankings.