Wimbledon 2015: Jamie Murray eyes special end to fortnight
Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers will take on Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau in the Wimbledon men's doubles final
Never in the Open era have brothers secured a double Wimbledon crown in the same year – a fact Jamie Murray believes is reason enough for the British number one to end their on-court separation.
There’ll be at least one Murray in an All England Club final regardless of how well the Scot performs against Roger Federer in today’s mouthwatering semi-final match up.
No longer the support act, Jamie and Australian John Peers, 26, stormed into a Saturday showdown with Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau after victory in their semi-final on Thursday.
Centre Court, for change, was Jamie’s for a day. He’s had a big moment before of course, his 2007 mixed doubles title at SW19 with Jelena Jankovic is a career highlight – and his brother was in the crowd that day.
They have hardly been at each other’s side since. There’s been no falling out; the 2013 champion believes he is a jinx while Jamie prefers to leave the court hopping to mum Judy and watch games on the TV.
But he and Peers 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over an obviously struggling Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner kept a century-old record in sight.
“It would be amazing for Andy and myself to both win in the same year, it would be something special,” said the 29-year-old.
“But he’s got to beat Federer and then probably Djokovic – I would rather be us than him! Will he come? Well, the last time we were in a final we won so I hope so. It’s best we see what mood he is in.
“Being on Centre again was great but it was a weird match, it was a weird atmosphere because Johnny was clearly injured. He was struggling with his knee. Mentally it was quite difficult for us.”
Peers served to perfection, while uncompromising Murray at the net took no prisoners. The combination was crucial, coming from a set down to win their final three.
Murray hopes now he can be recognised in his own right – and revealed it can be a little trying always being known as Andy’s older brother.
“I guess it is,” he added. “I have spent most of my life that way. People come and talk to me because they want to talk about Andy, which is fair enough. That’s how it goes. I accept that but we’re doing a lot of great things ourselves.
“Things have been good for us the last two or three years since we started playing together and I think all the hard work we’ve put in is paying off.
“We’re in a Wimbledon final, and it’s been a good couple of weeks. We’ve won five matches and on Saturday all we have got to do is go out there and try to win another.”