Bootyed out

Britains doubles specialist Jamie Murray, and Americas Eric Butorac seem to be struggling after their split a few weeks ago.  There have been varying reports of who pulled the plug on their doubles partnership, but it seems that both players are having a hard time adjusting to competing without each other.

Yesterday Butorac and partner and fellow countryman Sam Querrey were given the heave ho from the Cincinnati Masters in the first round by the all Serbian team.  Nenad Zimonjic (a doubles specialist himself) and Andy Murrays good friend Novak Djokovic, who defeated Roger Federer in the Montreal Masters last week to win the title, beat Butorac and Querrey in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).

(Perhaps Djokovic wanted to teach the American not to mess with his mate?!)

Murray teamed up with James Blake in the Montreal Masters last week; they were promptly beaten 6-7, 6-3, 10-8 by Fernando González of Chile, and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia.  Blake is currently in the ATP singles rankings at world no. 8, so this was never going to a long term solution for the partnerless doubles specialist.

Murray has teamed up with Indias top doubles player, Mahesh Bhupathi for the Cincinnati tournament.  The two will play Juan Monaco and Todd Perry later today.

Mens first round doubles results:

J Benneteau (FRA) / A Clement (FRA) d G Canas (ARG) / M Garcia (ARG) 6-4 4-6 10-7
D Tursunov (RUS) / R Wassen (NED) d (alt) D Hrbaty (SVK) / P-H Mathieu (FRA) 4-6 6-2 10-5
N Djokovic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] E Butorac (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 6-3 6-4
T Berdych (CZE) / N Kiefer (GER) d F Gonzalez (CHI) / I Ljubicic (CRO) 6-4 7-6(7-2)
[WC] A Delic (USA) / J Isner (USA) d A Pavel (ROU) / A Waske (GER) 7-6(7-5) 7-5