London | Sock & Bryan upset Murray & Soares
IT proved third time unlucky for Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares at the Nitto ATP Finals inside the 02 in London.
The British-Brazilian duo were defeated 3-6 6-4 (10-4) by American Jack Sock and Mike Bryan in a thrilling doubles semi-final on Saturday after making the last four in the two previous years.
It was disappointing to lose obviously. Was a good level match, high level match. A lot of good points being played. Jamie Murray
Around 14,000 witnessed Murray, the former world No.1, and Soares battle back from a set down.
They sealed the second by breaking Sock.
But their opponents – reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions – raced away in the match tie-break.
Fifth seed Sock, who has been filling in for his partner’s injured brother Bob, and Bryan held six match points at 9-3.
Sock served what would have been a match-winning ace, but he was forced to replay the point.
Murray and Soares gained another point.
But it was all delaying the inevitable.
Murray, 32, said: “It was disappointing to lose obviously. Was a good level match, high level match. A lot of good points being played.
“We finished the second set strongly, created a lot of opportunities I felt going into the tiebreak. Kind of got down a little bit quite quickly.
“Jack played a great shot at 5-2 to get them the second mini break, then we didn’t really come back with that. I mean, it was a good match.
“I was enjoying playing it. Lots of different styles of play on the court, which makes it interesting. But, yeah, disappointed obviously to come up short again at this stage.”
Murray and partner won all three of their group matches playing well. Did that make defeat tougher?
He said: “Not really. I mean, last year we played two great matches to qualify for the semis, then we just got a bit outplayed. The year before we won all three matches playing good.
“Came out a bit flat, ended getting outplayed again by another team. I thought we had a great chance to win today. I’m sure they thought they had a great chance to win, too. Two pretty evenly matched teams, I would say, on paper. Came down to a tiebreak. They played better at the end than we did.”