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Jamie and Gordon make it a Scots double

Jamie Murray Bruno Soares Aus doubles

Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares gave Scotland another Grand Slam champion after triumphing in the men’s doubles finals.

Murray joined fellow Scot Gordon Reid, who earlier won the wheelchair singles title, making it a Scottish double.

Murray and Soares beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek 2-6 6-3 7-5. Jamie Murray is the first Briton to win the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open since Fred Perry and Pat Hughes in 1934.

Andy Murray did not watch the match because he was too nervous, but he appeared in the Rod Laver Arena (below) to film Jamie receiving the trophy ahead of his appearance in the men’s single final tomorrow. From the winners’ rostrum, Jamie shouted: “You should be at home in bed!”

Andy Murray filming Jamie

 

Their mother Judy tweeted: “Third time lucky”, a reference to Jamie’s earlier defeatsin men’s doubles finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Judy tweet

 

Earlier Gordon Reid (below) won his first Grand Slam singles title.

Reid, 24, beat Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the wheelchair final 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes.

Gordon Reid and trophy

Alexandria-born Reid contracted Transverse Myelitis – a disease affecting the spinal chord – at the age of 13.

He and Japanese partner Shingo Kunieda were defeated in the men’s doubles final.

>> Gordon Reid’s career

Angelique Kerber

Earlier Angelique Kerber won the Australian Ladies Singles final beating Serena Williams in a pulsating three-set match.

Kerber became the first German woman to win a Grand Slam title since Steffi Graf in 1999. Her 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory came in her first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

Receiving the trophy, she said: “Congrats, Serena. You are such an inspiration. You are a great person and congrats for everything you’ve done.

“I was match point down in the first match and I had one leg on the plane back to Germany. I got a second chance and I’m so honoured.

“It’s my dream come. I worked for this my whole life. Now I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion. That sounds crazy.”

Andy Murray made sure that two brothers will contest two separate finals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time when he secured victory in his men’s singles semi-final.

Murray beat an injured Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 in four hours and three minutes to secure his fifth Australian final and fourth against world number one Novak Djokovic.

 

 



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