Murray and Soares Win First Citi Open Title

By Jane Voigt

August 5, 2018, Washington D.C. — Andy Murray withdrew from Citi Open earlier in the week, citing exhaustion. But elder brother Jamie Murray, along with doubles partner of three years, Bruno Soares, stuck it out and came out on top Sunday as they won their first Citi Open doubles title in the nation’s capital. They defeated Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares show off their trophies, after winning their first Citi Open Men’s Doubles Title in Washington D.C. on Sunday. Photo credit: Citi Open.

Although Mike and Edouard, who were playing together for the first time, came out fighting, the Citi Champions didn’t give up.

“We just kept fighting because they came out on fire in the first set,” Murray said. “They served something like 80% and they really connected on the returns.”

Already up a break in the first set, Murray and Soares had an opening to even the score on Mike’s serve. 

“We had a chance to get back into it in the first,” Jamie said. “We had love forty at 3-2.”

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Mike pulled his team out of that slump with a volley mishap at the net from Soares, a clean cross-court forehand winner and a service winner. 

The first set closed on another service break as Mike and Edouard showed off their quickness, power, ball placement skills plus the prerequisite high rate of serving and returning. But all that changed in the second, which was interrupted twice when two fans needed medical help due to the high heat and humidity. 

“We could have kept on playing,” Jamie said. “It’s just we don’t know how bad it is or what happened to the people. It’s unfortunate what happened. There was the heat and humidity and there wasn’t a breeze. It’s almost easier for us because we’re moving around.”

Soares improved his return of serves in the second as well. 

“In the first set he didn’t quite have his timing,” Murray said on behalf of his partner who had to leave the press conference due to a tight schedule. “In the second, he really started to connect well, especially in the match tiebreaker. He had three great returns that got us breaks of serve. When he’s on like that he has one of the best returns in the doubles game.”

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Personal fans were one way fans tried to stay cool, during the men’s doubles finals at Citi Open on Sunday. 

This title was the second for Murray and Soares this year. They also won Acapulco in March. Mike Bryan was going for his fifth Washington title. He’d won the prior four with Bob, his twin brother. He’s been off tour since a hip injury forced him to retire during a match in Madrid. He had successful surgery four days ago in New York City and plans to return to the tour after the Australian Open.

Both teams will play Rogers Cup, which starts Monday. Mike Bryan and Jack Sock are seeded number four while Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are seeded number six. Thirty two teams will compete in this Masters 1000 tournament, which is being played in Toronto this year. 

 


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