Sheffield-based Jonny Marray relieved as Wimbledon champs edge thriller

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SHEFFIELD-based Jonny Marray has acknowledged he and Freddie Nielsen rode their luck in defeating Indian pair Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The British-Danish pairing, who became the first wild cards ever to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title back in July, clinched the opening set 6-4 in their opening round robin clash in Group B. The pair held a match point at 6-5 in the second but Marray’s return found the top of the net.

It looked like their chance had gone when the Indians levelled things up and held match points at 9-8 and 10-9 in the match tie-break but Marray and Nielsen saved them both and then took their chance, with Nielsen serving it out to seal a superb 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 12-10 success.

Marray said: “Any shot could have gone anywhere anytime. But there’s a lot of matches you get on the wrong side of that, so it’s nice to get on the right side of it, especially at an event like this.”

“I’m enjoying every minute of it,” he added.

Marray and Nielsen take on Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the second of their three round robin matches at the O2 Arena tonight.