Brotherly love: Murrays and Bryans double up
Originally published on: 08/11/10 13:54
Andy Murray considered his victory partnering Jamie Murray to their first doubles title at the Valencia Open 500 as ‘one of the best wins of my career’ after defeating world No.6 doubles pairing Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 7-6(8) 5-7 10-7.
“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.”
The victory also makes for a brilliant wedding present from Andy after his brother married Colombian Alejandra Gutierrez in his hometown of Dunblane last week.
“I just got married a few days ago, but I was given the chance to play doubles with Andy at a big tournament, and we made the most of it,” said Jamie, who is planning to go on his honeymoon during the off-season.
“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.”
Together their previous best was a final in Bangkok and Valencia but after falling to Juan Monaco in the second round in the singles, Andy was even more determined to exploit his wild card entry with his brother.
Although their victory might be great ahead of the 2012 Olympics and future Davis Cup ties they are still a distant second when it comes to brothers on a tennis court.
Bob and Mike Bryan celebrated securing the year-end top spot by winning their 11th title of the season, after defeating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.
“We always feel great in Basel,” said Bob Bryan. “The fans really show up for the doubles and give us a lot of love, so I think it brings out our best tennis. Obviously it was a great week for us to come over and clinch No. 1 and to win the title; we get to enjoy this year for a little bit longer.
The American twins will now hope to finish their season on an even greater high by Defending their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown in London.