As Andy Murray convalesces after back surgery that he hopes will see him rejuvenated in time for the start of 2013, Jamie Murray is closing in on what would be a huge personal milestone. Wimbledon.com explains...
It should not be forgotten that it was the elder Murray brother who became the first member of his family to be a Wimbledon champion, back in 2007 when he partnered Jelena Jankovic to mixed doubles glory. Jamie, now 27, enjoyed reminding Andy of that fact but was as pleased as anyone when Murray Jr triumphed so brilliantly at the All England Club in July, beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final.
But with Andy out of action, Jamie has taken up the reins for the Murrays and he and Australian John Peers have struck up a formidable partnership which could yet see them make it to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 this November, as one of the top eight teams in the year.
The pair’s 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 win over Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunstrom in Bangkok at the weekend gave them their third title of the year, having opened their account back in April when they shocked the world No.1 pair Bob and Mike Bryan in Houston.
They added a second title together in Gstaad and their win in Bangkok moved them up to 13th in the race for London and though they will need to gain several hundred more points in the next few weeks, it’s possible that Murray could follow in fellow Brit Jonny Marray’s footsteps by qualifying in the doubles event at the O2, which would be a remarkable turn of events.
It has been a strong resurgence from Murray after a couple of years in which he struggled to find a regular partner. Though he still picked up titles, including a couple of Masters 500s with his brother Andy, his ranking dropped to outside the top 100. Even in March this year, he was ranked 90 but together with the rock-solid Peers, the two have formed a winning partnership that could yet hit new heights.
A quarter-final run at the US Open showed what the pair are capable of and there’s nothing better than winning titles. "It was fantastic for us to kick off the Asian swing with a win here in Thailand," Murray said. "Having never played the Asian swing together, this win gives us a lot of confidence going forward and we will be hoping to build on this win."
Jamie has now won 10 titles in his career and at the age of 27, after some early success with Eric Butorac and then a dip in confidence, he is back inside the world’s top 40 and heading higher. Perhaps the best is yet to come.
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