Read & Watch: Murray/Soares Claim Maiden Team Masters 1000 Title
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares arrived at the Western & Southern Open having accomplished plenty together: they’d won eight tour-level titles as a pair, captured two Grand Slams, reached the Nitto ATP Finals in three straight years (2015-17) and much more. But they had never lifted an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy as a team.
“For me to win my first Masters  is obviously really exciting,” Murray said. “Awesome week for us. To win the matches that we did against all top teams that are probably going to play in London… we played really good in the important moments, kept it together well.”
Last year, Murray and Soares fell just short at the Western & Southern Open, losing in the final. But they did not let slip their second opportunity, winning eight of the final 10 points to earn the victory after one hour, 25 minutes. It’s their third ATP World Tour title of 2018, as they were also victorious in Acapulco and Washington, D.C.
Murray and Soares appeared in control early, holding firm at the net. The Scot was particularly active, swatting away volleys en route to a 3-1 lead. But after failing to convert four break points in the next game, the tide turned. Cabal and Farah began to find their range, and Murray and Soares each double faulted breaks to the Colombians, allowing them to take the opener.
But in the second set, the Scottish-Brazilian team bounced back, breaking at 2-2 when Soares mishit a forehand lob return that floated over Farah’s head for a winner. The team then held throughout the rest of the set, dominating play at net to force a Match Tie-break.
And while Cabal/Farah jumped to a 4/2 lead in the decider, Murray/Soares would not be denied. Later on, Murray, running backwards, hit a tremendous forehand swinging volley winner to earn three championship points. They did not let the opportunity go to waste, taking a 3-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead against the Colombians when Farah hit a backhand long. The champions also won two Match Tie-breaks on Saturday due to rain earlier in the week.
"It means a lot. That’s what we play tennis for, to win the big ones," Soares said. "We’re playing great. We’ve been playing great since we got to D.C. and I’m extremely happy with everything. First title for us at a [Masters] 1000 event, hopefully we could get many more."
Murray, who now has 22 tour-level doubles titles and Soares, who owns 29, add 1,000 ATP Doubles Ranking points to their tally and they will share $337,070. Cabal and Farah, who will climb to second in the ATP Doubles Race To London on Monday with the 600 points they earned, split $165,020.