London | Jamie Murray loses O2 opener

Jamie Murray was unsurprisingly flat after he and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares suffered a 7-6 6-7 10-8 defeat American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in their opening outing in the doubles at the Nitto ATP World Tour final at the 02.

We kind of had it on our racket, then we let it slip Jamie Murray

The older lesser known tennis sibling from Dunblane  – Andy being the other one – fielded questions unrelated to the sport with a little wry humour.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill being evens for the Scotland job? “He’s done a great job with Northern Ireland. Who knows? It’s not easy to be Scotland manager that’s for sure.”

But lack of a doubles event at the NextGen finals in Milan elicited a low-key response: “I don’t think it would have made much difference to the event. They would have had a hard time finding eight players.”

And as for his latest reverse as he and Soares bid to at least emulate their run to the semi-finals last year? You guessed it.

He said: “We kind of had it on our racket, then we let it slip.”

Murray and Soares held three set points before losing the opener.

But came from 4-1 down to level the match




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