Now that Tim and Andy have both been knocked out of the US Open, who else should we turn our attention to but Jamie Murray, brother of the British number 1 Andy, and winner of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this summer.
Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac (or Stretch and Booty as they like to be known) were also defeated in their second round match by American duo, Amer Delic and Justin Gimelstob.
However he is still in the running for the mixed doubles trophy, along with partner, American Liezel Huber. Huber and Murray yesterday won their way through to the semi-finals on Monday. They were way too strong for the Polish team, and thrashed Agnieska Radwanksa and Mariusz Fyrstenberg in two sets to win 6-1, 6-2.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, Jamie said:
“It couldn’t have gone any better. We played very well and dominated from start to finish and now for the semi-final. We played well today. We were both very sharp at the net… She’s been around longer than me and played at a high level longer than I have so the experience is certainly helping me.”
Jamie won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this summer, when he partnered world no 3 women’s singles player Jelena Jankovic. He is looking to follow up this grand slam win with a trophy at Flushing Meadows in New York. And with Liezel Huber at his side, who happens to be the worlds top female doubles player, it looks like he could just get that win. After yesterdays match Huber said:
“I’m not trying to think about it [our partnership] too much. We just kind of play our game and go about our ways and I listen to Jamie although he is younger. Normally I take the lead out there but he takes the lead and makes me comfortable and confident.”
They will face American Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes (who is set to be Murray’s men’s doubles partner in Bangkok and Beijing later this year) of India in the last four.