Hopes of a British victory at the AEGON International in Eastbourne were dashed today, as Jonathan Murray and Colin Flemming were defeated in a closely contested Men’s Doubles Final against top-seeds, Bruno Soares of Brazil and Alexander Peya from Austria.
The British pair, seeded at number four, started brightly and raced into an early 4-1 lead in the first set after two breaks of serve.
They played some lovely tennis in the process, in particular, reigning Wimbledon Doubles champion, Marray, who seemed un-passable at the net, and they went on to take the first set with relative ease, 6-2.
Set two was much closer and with both pairs holding firm on their serve, it took three double faults from Marray, in a nightmare eighth game for the Brit, to separate them.
Soares and Peya went on to serve out the set and eventually took it 6-3, sending the match into a championship tiebreak.
The tiebreak was a nervy affair and both partnerships struggled to gain a foothold and it wasn’t until another double fault from Marray that put Soares and Peya in pole-position, and they held on to win the tiebreak 10-8, claiming the match and doubles title, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Marray and Flemming can reflect on a good week here in Eastbourne and focus now switches to Wimbledon where they will pair up again with Marray looking to defend the title he won last year.
Reflecting on a narrow loss, Flemming said, “I thought it was a pretty good match and they just pipped it at the end. It’s a disappointing loss but I think we’re in good shape going into Wimbledon.”
On an excellent week he added, “It was a strong draw in the doubles so it gives us confidence to have come through to the final and almost win.”
Looking forward to Wimbledon, Marray said, “We’ll try and take all the confidence from doing so well last year and this week (in Eastbourne), obviously.
Getting to the final and getting some good matches under our belt. I think it’s a surface that will suit us and we’ll be looking to play our best and play some attacking tennis.”