They're Back! Murray/Soares Win Great Ocean Road Open Title
The British-Brazilian duo defeated top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 7-6(7) on Sunday to win the Great Ocean Road Open. This was their first tournament as a team since 2019 Roland Garros.
“We had a great week, obviously, to win the title here [in] our first tournament back together. It’s really exciting,” Murray said. “Beat some top teams along the way. I think it kind of reinforces [for] us what we can do when we put good performances out on the court each day.”
The second seeds only lost one set in the ATP 250 event to claim their 11th tour-level trophy together in their 20th final. They previously played as a pair for three-and-a-half years and in 2016 finished as the year-end No. 1 duo in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Murray and Soares beat two teams that have competed in the Nitto ATP Finals en route to the title this week. They now own a 7-3 ATP Head2Head series lead against Cabal and Farah. The Colombians earned four set points in the second set, but were unable to convert.
“It definitely gets the juices flowing, that's for sure. It gets the butterflies in the stomach,” Murray said. “For us, that's what we wanted. I wouldn't say the goal at the start of the week was to win the tournament, we just wanted to get out and compete hard, play some tough matches and get a lot of time on the match court.”
Murray and Soares earned 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and a share of $7,200 in prize money. Cabal and Farah were trying to claim their 17th tour-level trophy as a duo. They earned 150 points each and a split of $5,760.