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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares into US Open doubles final

September 9, 2016

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have reached the final of the US Open men's doubles, following a superb victory over tournament favourites Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Their 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the world number one pairing has left them facing the unseeded Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Sunday's final, with a chance to secure their second Grand Slam of the year after victory in the Australian Open.

It continues Jamie Murray's run as the best men's doubles player, with the 30-year-old having now reached four of the last six Grand Slam finals, two of them with Australian John Peers last year. Indeed, it was with Peers that he suffered defeat in last year's final at Flushing Meadow to Mahut and Herbert, so victory over the Frenchmen will have been sweet revenge.

Asked what he had learned from last year, Murray said: "Don't lose. It's not much fun to lose in finals.

"We've had a great tournament so far. We'll give it our very best to try to win - it would be a great end to the week."

Soares commented: "I'm very proud, they're a very tough team."

Referring to Herbert and Mahut, he added: "They're the best team this year, defending champions, playing an amazing level, but I thought we did extremely well."

Fans booking corporate hospitality for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in November are already guaranteed to see Murray and Soares, after the pair clinched their place earlier this week. Herbert and Mahut will be there as well, along with the six other best doubles partnerships.

The final in New York will provide a chance for Jamie Murray to grab some more of the limelight, after brother Andy's bid for a second US open singles title ended in a five-set quarter-final defeat by Kei Nishikori. It also dents the younger Murray brother's chances of grabbing the world number one spot from Novak Djokovic. The Serb has been struggling with injuries, but has been aided by a walkover and two retirements, the latest when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga limped out of their quarter-final with knee trouble.

He will next play Gael Monfils, who won in straight sets against Rafael Nadal's conquerer Lucas Pouille, with Nishikori taking on Stan Wawrinka in the other semi final.

While Djokovic can expect to be number one for the rest of the year at least, the top spot in the women's game has changed hands for the first time in 186 weeks. Serena Williams has been under threat from Angelique Kerber all summer and finally toppled from the podium when she lost her semi-final against Karolina Pliskova, while Kerber took top spot as she sealed her place in the final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki.

It will be Kerber's third Grand Slam final of the year, and the first in which she will not be facing Williams. The American, who was bidding to pass the record of 22 Open Era Grand Slams she shares with Steffi Graf, said she was hampered by a knee injury. Time will tell if she has enough in the tank to win another Grand Slam or regain top spot.

By Sam Coates

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