Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the quarter-finals of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the quarter-finals of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares claim ATP Great Ocean Road Open title

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares win their first title back together
  • Only dropped on set along the way
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares claimed their first title of the year. The Brit/Brazilian only reunited at the start of the season.


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Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares reunited at the start of the season, and entered the season opening event in Melbourne. One of the pre Australian Open warm up events. As second seeds they received a first round bye so their first match was the second round.

The Brit/Brazilian were against Pablo Andújar Alba & Pedro Martínez in their first match. The seeds fought hard in the first set, forcing a tiebreak with the Spaniards. In the tiebreak it was Murray & Soares that broke to get ahead and took the set. The second set was a much better showing by the seeds and they broke the Spaniards to move into the quarter-final 7-6(4), 6-3.

In the quarter-final the Brit/Brazilian were against the eighth seeds Alexander Bublik & Andrey Golubev. The Kazakhs found Murray & Soares too strong in the first set, as the second seeds broke to take the lead. In the second set it was the eighth seeds that secured the break to level up the maIn tch. The final set was a match tiebreak, this was a very close affair, but it was Murray & Soares that edged it to take the win 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

The semi-final saw Murray & Soares against third seeds Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek. The Croatian/Slovakian pair struggled in the first set. The Brit/Brazilian dominated the third seeds to take the lead. The second set was much closer, with Dodig & Polášek staying toe to toe ensuring a tiebreak. However, in the breaker Murray & Soares were in total control and didn’t lose a point to book a spot in the final 6-2, 7-6(0).

In the final, the Brit/Brazilian were against the top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians found themselves on the end of a break, as Murray & Soares took the first set easily. The second set was closer as the top seeds tried to fight back. Cabal & Farah forced a tiebreak. The tightly contested breaker saw Murray & Soares edge the lead and claim their first title back together 6-3, 7-6(9).


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Doubles Round Up

Luke Bambridge & Dom Inglot were defeated by John-Patrick Smith & Matthew Ebden in the 2nd round in Melbourne 6-4, 6-4.

Neal & Ken Skupski were defeated by Gonzalo Escobar & Ariel Behar in the second round in Melbourne (Murray River Open) 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Cameron Norrie & Jonny O’Mara in the second round in Melbourne (Murray River Open) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Cameron Norrie & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Marcelo Demoliner & Santiago González in the quarter-final in Melbourne (Murray River Open) 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.

Aidan McHugh with Arnaud Bovy were defeated by Nick Hardt & Nicolas Moreno De Alboran in the final in Sharm-El-Shiekh 6-3, 6-4.

Stuart Parker with Pierre Faivre were defeated by Mateus Alves & Gauthier Onclin in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6.

Armani Banks & Amelia Bissett were defeated by Miyabi Inoue & Erika Sema in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 7-6(3), 6-4.

Freya Christie with Nina Stadler were defeated by Liang En-Shuo & Kyōka Okamura in the semi-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-0, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh with Elena Milovanovic were defeated by Nina Radovanovic & Sopiko Tsitskishvili in the quarter-final in Monastir 2-1 (RET).

Next Week Brits play in the Australian Open, Biella, Potchefstroom, France, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Kazakhstan & Spain.


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