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Jamie is off to a flier in doubles bid


Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray

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Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray’s pursuit of a first men’s doubles title at Wimbledon got under way with a win as he and Bruno Soares beat Nicholas Monroe and Vasek Pospisil in the first round.

Murray and the Brazilian, reunited for a second stint together, won 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-1 on Court 14.

The Scot was a beaten finalist in 2015 with John Peers, while he won the Australian Open and US Open with Soares in their first spell together, and they will have their eye on adding to their haul.

A routine win looked on the cards as they sped into an early lead, dropping just one game in the first set. They got a break in the second set and served for the match at 5-4 but Monroe and Pospisil broke back and then won the tiebreak.

The seventh seeds reset, though, and breezed through the decider to advance.

Meanwhile, not even playing alongside Wimbledon royalty in the mixed doubles could prevent Nick Kyrgios from getting a code violation for swearing.

The hot-headed Australian, whose singles matches so far have been peppered with various rants and raves, had been on his best behaviour for the majority of his partnership with five-time singles champion Venus Williams, against Austin Krajicek and Sabrina Santamaria.

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But in the deciding set, when Kyrgios felt hard done by at being denied a challenge and Williams’ serve was promptly broken, the familiar expletives came.

Kyrgios and Williams won 6-3 3-6 7-5.

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