Jamie Murray sets up Scotland v England clash in semi-finals of the men’s doubles at Australian Open

Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are through to the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the Australian Open.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are through to the semi-finals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are through to the semi-finals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The sixth seeds won 6-3, 6-4 against Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop, with a strong performance on serve crucial to more joy for the highly regarded doubles pair.

With their record now at 8-0 for the season, after they reunited for 2021, the Scottish-Brazilian partnership will hope to replicate their success from five years ago when they claimed Australian Open glory.

Having seen off their opponents from El Salvador and the Netherlands, Murray and Soares will now meet England’s Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram in the last four, guaranteeing that there will be a British player in the final.

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Defending champions Salisbury and Ram were first in action on the Margaret Court Arena with Philipp Oswald and Marcus Daniell their opponents.

A tight first set went to a tie break where the 2020 champions grabbed the crucial initiative.

The second set was more straight forward and Salisbury and Ram were able to break their quarter-final opponents twice to seal a 7-6 (6), 6-2 success.

Alfie Hewett was denied a second title in Melbourne after he lost a thrilling men’s wheelchair singles final to Joachim Gerard by a 6-0 4-6 6-4 scoreline.

The 23-year-old teamed up with Scotland’s Gordon Reid on Tuesday to secure a British record-equalling 10th grand slam doubles title as a team.

A day later and Hewett was out to win the Australian Open singles for the first time but looked set for a whitewash when he trailed 0-4 in the second set after he lost the opener 6-0. While an admirable reply was produced, he lost out in the decider to finish as runner-up.

“I am really proud of not tanking at six love, four love down so I am proud of myself for that comeback and for making it a final,” the four-time grand slam winner said in an emotional on-court interview.

“It’s been a long five weeks and ready to go home now. Thanks everyone.”

Reid lost in the semi-finals of the wheelchair singles to Joachim Gerard.

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