Men’s dou­bles dream hit but Jamie is still in the mix for ti­tle suc­cess at SW19

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Jamie Mur­ray’s bid for a dou­ble dou­bles suc­cess at Wim­ble­don is over af­ter he and men’s part­ner Bruno Soares went down in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Tues­day.

But he is still on course for sil­ver­ware af­ter he and mixed dou­bles col­league Vic­to­ria Azarenka reached the last eight.

The 32 year-old Dun­blane star has two Wim­ble­don mixed dou­bles ti­tles to his name but the men’s event has al­ways eluded him. This year he said he wouldn’t de­fend the ti­tle he won last year with Martina Hingis in or­der to fully fo­cus on the men’s dou­bles with Brazil­ian Bruno Soares.

De­feat in the quar­ters to No.13 seeds Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Michael Venus (New Zealand) on Tues­day, how­ever, means Mur­ray has the op­por­tu­nity to land a third mixed Wim­ble­don ti­tle with a dif­fer­ent part­ner hav­ing been suc­cess­ful in 2007 with Je­lena Jankovic and Hingis in 2017.

In the men’s dou­bles, the Mur­ray/Soares part­ner­ship hadn’t lost a set be­fore their quar­ter-fi­nal but in an epic match last­ing four and a half hours, they fi­nally suc­cumbed 6-7 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-4.

His mixed dou­bles chal­lenge with Be­larus ace Azarenka al­most came un­stuck at the sec­ond round stage on Mon­day night when they trailed 5-1 in the fi­nal set to No. 7 seeds Robert Farah (Colom­bia) and Anna-Lena Groene­feld (Ger­many).

As the light started to fade at SW19, the Mur­ray/Azarenka part­ner­ship re­fused to give up and reeled off six suc­ces­sive games to clinch the match 7-7 6-7 7-5 in two hours 41 min­utes.

In round three they de­feated No.13 seeds Matwe Mid­delkoop (Hol­land) and Jo­hanna Lars­son (Swe­den) 7-6 6-3 and the un­seeded duo were sched­uled to be on court yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) in the quar­ter-fi­nal against No 4 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schu­urs from Hol­land.

●Wheel­chair star Gor­don Reid, who trains at Stir­ling Univer­sity, saw his Wim­ble­don sin­gles hopes fade at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) when he went down 6-3 6-3 to Bel­gian Joachim Ger­ard.

Gor­don, who won the ti­tle in 2016, will team up in the dou­bles with fel­low Brit Al­fie Hewett where they will meet Gus­tavo Fer­nan­dez (Ar­gentina) and Shingo Kuneida (Ja­pan).

De­feat Jamie Mur­ray and Bruno Soares lost in the men’s dou­bles

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