Jamie Murray lasted longer than his brother Andy for the second Grand Slam tournament in a row but the Scot’s US Open ended in disappointment here.
Murray and his Australian partner, John Peers, matched their Wimbledon achievement by reaching the men’s doubles final, only to lose, this time 6-4 6-4 to the Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. “I’m starting to know what Andy felt like for a long time,” Murray said.
Andy Murray lost four finals before winning his first Grand Slam title here three years ago. Jamie won his first final, claiming the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon alongside Jelena Jankovic in 2007, but has since lost three, with Liezel Huber in the US Open mixed doubles in 2008 and with Peers twice this summer.
Murray was the only man on court for the final who had won a Grand Slam title, but the best player was Herbert. The 24-year-old, who was considered surplus to requirements by the French when they lost to Britain in the Davis Cup this summer, served with great accuracy, hit damaging returns and timed his interceptions beautifully. He joined forces with Mahut only 10 months ago and they reached the Australian Open final in their first Grand Slam tournament.
Peers and Murray made a flying start, with Mahut going 0-40 down on his serve in the opening game. But the French pair won the next eight points. Mahut continued to look vulnerable on serve and saved two more break points at 4-4, when Peers should have done better with a routine volley which he put in the net followed by a poor lob which was easily punished.
Peers struggled on his serve throughout the first set. The Australian saved three break points in his first service game and one in his second before going 0-40 down in his third at 4-5. Mahut and Herbert needed only one of their set points as Murray volleyed beyond the baseline.
The second set went with serve until Murray served at 4-5. The Scot saved one match point with a serve which Mahut was unable to return but on the second Herbert, fittingly, finished off a thrilling exchange with a winning volley.
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