MELBOURNE, Australia: Jamie Murray is leaving Melbourne with one Australian Open trophy for his family after capturing the men’s doubles title with partner Bruno Soares in a match ending early Sunday morning.
It’s now up to his brother, Andy, to add a second.
Murray and Soares defeated the oldest team to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era, Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 for the first major title in either of their careers.
Murray’s brother, Andy, plays for the men’s singles title on Sunday night against Novak Djokovic. They are the first brothers to reach the finals in the men’s singles and doubles at a Grand Slam event in the Open era.
Andy Murray was in the stands at Rod Laver Arena watching the match, which didn’t finish until 1 a.m. Sunday.
“Andy, you should be in bed,” Jamie Murray said to his brother as he accepted the trophy on court. “I don’t know why you’re here taking photos.”
Jamie Murray was runner-up at the last two majors — the 2015 U.S. Open and Wimbledon — with a different partner, John Peers. Soares becomes the first Brazilian player to win a title of any kind at the Australian Open.
The pair teamed up at the start of the year — and they’re now 12-1 after also capturing the title at the warm-up tournament in Sydney and reaching the semifinals in Doha.
“It’s only one month, but I think we can retire now, huh?” Soares joked to Murray. “I’m pretty happy with what we’ve achieved so far.”
The 43-year-old Nestor and 37-year-old Stepanek, who also teamed together two weeks before the start of the Australian Open, have 10 doubles Grand Slam titles between them. Nestor won the first of his eight titles at the Australian Open in 2002 and first reached his first major final here in 1995, both times with partner Mark Knowles. Stepanek won the 2012 title at Melbourne Park with Leander Paes.
They saved a match point at 4-5 and again at 5-6, but Murray and Soares closed it out on their third match point when Stepanek hit a return into the net.
“They really came through. We had them on the ropes in the second set and they hung in there,” Nestor said of Murray and Soares. “They’ve been knocking on the door for several Grand Slam finals.”
It’s been a good tournament for Scotland overall. Not only did the Murray brothers make the finals in singles and doubles, but fellow Scot Gordon Reid won the men’s wheelchair event on Saturday over Joachim Gerard of Belgium 7-6 (7) 6-4.