JAMIE Murray won his first men’s doubles grand slam title as he and partner Bruno Soares came from behind to beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek in the Australian Open final.
Murray had lost in the finals with John Peers at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but with new partner Soares he made it third time lucky as the pair edged a thrilling contest 2-6 6-4 7-5.
The win could form the second part of a Scottish treble in Melbourne after Gordon Reid won the wheelchair singles earlier on Saturday while Andy Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
It is the first time two brothers have made separate finals at the same grand slam since Lawrence and Reginald Doherty achieved the feat at Wimbledon in 1906.
Andy said he finds it too stressful to watch his brother live but the world number two was in the crowd, along with Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, for the presentation ceremony, which took place just after 1am.
In his victory speech, an emotional Jamie told his brother: “Andy you should be in bed I don’t know why you’re here taking photos.”
Jamie Murray linked up with Soares after splitting with Australian John Peers at the end of last season and the new duo have enjoyed an excellent start together, winning their first title in Sydney earlier this month and now clinching a second in Melbourne.
Soares said: “To my partner Jamie it’s only one month but I think we can retire now.
“I’m pretty happy with what we’ve achieved so far so thanks for inviting me and for playing such good tennis this month.”
The pair started slowly with the Brazilian particularly off-colour early on as he lost his serve twice, the second with a double fault, to give away the set.
Nestor and Stepanek had been sharper at the net and more consistent from the back but their opponents found a new lease of life in set two.
Three break points came and went on Stepanek’s serve but Murray and Soares came again two games later as some brilliant defensive work from the Scot saw Stepanek net two volleys and Nestor was broken.
Soares, who had earlier struggled for his usual rhythm, suddenly grew in confidence while Murray led from the front, serving out the second set to force a decider.
Both teams tightened up in the final set and it wasn’t until 2-2 that Murray and Soares cranked up the pressure as a sharp backhand return from the Brazilian set up break point, which they converted when Stepanek hit a half-volley long.
It was up to Murray to serve for the match but the Briton wavered, first double faulting and then blazing a pass long to offer up two break points.
Both were averted, the second with a strong Murray serve and then they earned a championship point when Nestor volleyed wide.
The Canadian, however, soon made amends, producing a superb return and then a deft touch to set up a third break point, which this time they took to level 5-5.
It felt like a major opportunity missed but Murray and Soares came out fighting and immediately hit back with a break against Nestor, leaving Soares to serve for the title.
A solid Murray volley brought up three more championship points and this time they converted, as Stepanek netted his return to confirm victory in two hours and 19 minutes.