Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares delivered their second win in 16 days over Jamie Murray and John Peers (pictured) on Court 18.
Their high-quality 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 victory follows a three-set win in the final at Queen’s meaning Murray is yet to pass the third round stage in the gentlemen’s doubles at the All England Club while Peya and Soares remain on course for their second Grand Slam final.
“It was two good doubles teams playing doubles well but unfortunately we came up a bit short,” said Murray. “It was close and I think they probably edged it over us. They put more balls in court than we did over the course of the match.”
Peya and Soares broke the No.14 seeds' serve immediately, combining inventive net play with accurate baseline strokes on their way to clinching the first set. With the No.2 seeds failing to convert any of their three break points, a critical second set headed to a tie-break. Dogged baseline defence and composed finishing prevailed before a long Peya backhand secured the set in 55 minutes for the Brit-Aussie pair.
In a third set tie-break the former US Open finalists stretched into a 4-1 lead as Peya’s ace followed a tense exchange at the net before a wide backhand volley from Peers sacrificed the lead. In the fourth set Murray, a former mixed doubles champion at SW19, struck a dazzling ace in front of mother Judy before a deft volley and spectacular cross-court return levelled the score.
The final set failed to deliver the same level of quality as Peers’ mistimed forehand concluded the match.
“We’re getting closer and I’m sure in time we will start to establish ourselves as a top team,” added Murray. “Each tournament we play we feel we’ve got a good chance to win. We want to win Grand Slams as much as singles guys want to win their singles Grand Slams. For us it’s the pinnacle of our sport and that’s our goal.”
No.3 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic had less trouble progressing to the third round as they dispatched Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4 on Court 10. On Court 17, French Open champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin safely progressed after a four-set win over No.13 seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen while fellow Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut also went through.
The ladies’ top seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai reversed an overnight 1-3 deficit to record a 6-3, 6-3 win over Yuliya Beygelzimer and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik. The French Open champions made swift work of their opponents as they prepare for Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the third round.
Elsewhere, the No.2 seeds responded to dropping the opening set to beat Ukrainian sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok 5-7, 7-6(10), 6-1 while there were wins for Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua and No.7 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
Meanwhile, only one Bryan progressed into the third round of the mixed doubles as Bob and Kveta Peschke beat Brit pair Dominic Inglot and Johanna Konta 7-6(6), 6-3. There was British success as Neal Skupski and Naomi Broady caused a stir, toppling No.9 seeds David Marrero and Arantxa Parra-Santonja 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Martina Hingis also progressed.
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