Jonathan’s Marray’s bid to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title for the second time in his career is over.
The 34-year old from Sheffield, partnering the Danish player Frederik Nielsen, lost 6-1 6-4 7-6 in the third round against the number two seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Court 16 at the All England Club.
Marray and Nielsen got off to a sluggish start and never recovered against the reigning French Open men’s doubles champions who dominated on serve and returned well throughout, making very few unforced errors in front of a crowd fully behind the Steel City man and the Dane.
Only in the third set did Marray and Nielsen threaten to make a match of it, keeping their noses in front until the tie-break which could easily have gone either way. “We came out slow and they came out firing on all cylinders, and they never let us settle,” admitted Marray afterwards. “They served well and we struggled to get into any kind of rhythm. We weren’t even making them play any balls, so it was easy for them on their own serve.
“We were always struggling, they were putting us under pressure, and it was a disappointing performance today. We weren’t sharp; that happens sometimes. You’ve just got to try and find a way to change things around, which we were trying, but both of us struggled to put balls in the court and our serves weren’t really hitting the spot. But you’ve got to give them credit. They were on it. They play a lot, and today it showed.”
This Wimbledon was the first time Marray and Nielsen had played together since 2012 when the pair won the men’s doubles title at the All England Club. It could well be the last as well with conflicting schedules over the coming months.
“This was always going to be a bit of a one-off for us as Freddie has his schedule and I’ve got mine,” says Marray. “We’ll both be in Newport in the USA next week but he’s playing singles and I’m in the doubles with Sam Querrey. We are playing Newport together and Bogota (Colombia), then I’m at Atlanta after that but I’m not sure who I’m playing with there yet.
“The past few days has been fun though, being back with Freddie. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have made more of a mark today.”
*Jamie Murray joined brother Andy as a Wimbledon winner on Monday as the Scot and Australian partner John Peers sent the defending doubles champions crashing out of Wimbledon.
A marathon match on Court 12 ended in Murray and Peers triumphing 6-3 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 8-6 against American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil.