D’Andy ‘coming back’ after his first title to Davis Cup glory

Andy Murray and his brother Jamie will likely team up in doubles for the last time in their careers when the Brits battle it out in Scotland and what better way to celebrate than to look back on their journey as a doubles pair.

Seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie admitted that their doubles match in Aberdeen on December 22 could be their swansong.

The pair have won two ATP Tour titles as a doubles team, but their greatest achievement was undoubtedly Davis Cup glory with Great Britain in 2015.

Not the best of starts

The Murray brothers’ doubles journey began in 2006 when they made their first appearance on the ATP Tour, but it was a frustrating start as their competition against American Justin Gimelstob and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland only lasted four games as they were forced to retire when Jamie got injured.

“It was my first match on the Tour in 2006,” Jamie told The Telegraph in a 2008 interview. had to stop playing after about three games.

“I, Andy, was worried. He didn’t care about the game. He was only playing me a favor. I had a CT scan but there was nothing wrong and I never had the same problem again.

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray Credit: Alamy

After another early exit at the Newport Open Hall of Fame, they finally picked up their first season-ending Thailand Open victory as they made it all the way to the final, beating Feliciano Lopez and Marat Safin in the quarter. -final on the way, before going down 6–2, 2–6, 10–4 to Israeli pair Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

The 2007 season saw them reach the semi-finals in Doha and the quarter-finals at the Indian Wells Masters while in 2008 they only appeared in three events and did not team up at all in 2009.

Big breakthrough in 2010

It finally clicked for the brothers at the Valencia Open in November 2010. It was an impressive run as they opened the campaign with victory over Spanish duo Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco and ended it by beating third seeds series Mirnyi and the great Indian Mahesh Bupati 7 -6 (10-8) 5-7, (10-7) in the final.

And Andy admitted to having “come up” after their victory.

“It was no laughing matter, it was a big week for Jamie and obviously I wanted to do well for him,” Andy said. “It’s not just about singles and my tennis all the time. I love playing with Jamie and when I get the chance I have to take it.

“It’s the first time I’ve won a tournament with him and it’s the most emotional I’ve had after a match since the Australian Open. It was really important, and I was going up a lot.

Another year, another title

The brothers took part in seven tournaments in 2011 and started the campaign with a semi-final appearance in Rotterdam and a run to the quarter-finals in Indian Wells. Their scalps in Indian Wells included Brazilian pair Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares as well as Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Jamie Murray and Andy Murray Credit: Alamy

Jamie Murray and Andy Murray Credit: Alamy

But they are off again until the end of the year to win a trophy as they taste success at the Tokyo Open.

Starting with a victory over Spaniard Pablo Andujar and Canadian Milos Raonic in the first round and ending with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fourth seeded Czech Frantisek Cermak and Serbian Filip Polasek.

It was a double treat for Andy as he also won the singles title after beating Rafael Nadal in the final.

London Olympics disappointment

Their win in Tokyo gave the pair and Great Britain a big boost ahead of the 2012 London Olympics with hopes of winning Murray gold in men’s doubles.

But they never really got going and made several early exits and it wasn’t too much of a surprise when they lost in the first round of the London Games to Austrians Jurgen Meltzer and Alexander Peya.

They then played only one tournament together in 2013 and none in 2014.

Davis Cup glory in 2015

The following year, they produced the stuff of legends as they helped Great Britain win their first Davis Cup since 1936 with victory over Belgium in the final.

En route to the final, they teamed up against France in the quarter-finals and beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut, then defeated Australian duo Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals.

After the teams split the opening two meetings of the final, the Murrays gave Great Britain a valuable lead by beating Steve Darcis and David Goffin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Andy, of course, won his reverse singles draw against Goffin to give GB the win.

“There was so much noise,” said of the atmosphere in Ghent. “It was mental. There’s also a low roof, so it’s all packed. We were screaming at each other from the baseline trying to tell each other where we were going to serve. But it was brilliant. It’s a Cup final Davis – we were expecting it to be loud, with a lot of passion and fans here, he didn’t fail to disappoint.

They represented Great Britain again at the Rio Games and fell early as Great Britain’s defense of their Davis Cup title was halted by Argentina in the semi-finals but the Murrays won a victory in four sets against Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer.

Final act on the ATP Tour

It took them another three years before teaming up again as they decided to compete in the Citi Open in August 2019.

And they got off to an impressive start by beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin – who had just finished second at Wimbledon – 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 10-5 in the round of 16.

But their journey ended in the quarter-finals as they lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (6-8), 7-10 to Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen.

“We played a lot of good tennis. It’s great fun to play with Andy again, to see him competing, ready to play and playing really well,” said Jamie. “I guess it was a positive week. It’s disappointing to lose like we did, but sometimes it happens twice.

Andy added: “I’m just disappointed that we lost the game. I think we had both served very well until the [Match Tie-break]. I would have liked to serve a little better in these great moments.

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