Andy Murray reveals singles plan ahead of showdown with brother

Andy Murray reveals singles plan ahead of showdown with brother

16 August 2019 / 12:22
Andy Murray admitted he would much rather be on the same side of the net as brother Jamie as the siblings prepare to face off in the doubles at the Cincinnati Masters.

The two-time Olympic champion and his partner Feliciano Lopez beat Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock 2-6 6-3 10-7 to set up a quarter-final clash against Jamie and Neal Skupski.

It will only be the second time they have ever played each other in their professional careers after Jamie and fellow Brit Skupski saw off Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-3.

And with Andy set to put his doubles career on the backburner to focus on singles once again, the double Wimbledon champion conceded it is never easy going up against his brother.

“I'd obviously rather be on the same side of the net as him,” Andy told BBC Sport. “It sucks, it's not ideal, but we'll still be brothers at the end of the match - providing nothing untoward happens.”

The last and only other meeting between the two brothers was in Montreal in 2015, where Jamie got the better of Andy, and the elder brother described the experience as ‘weird’.  

“I don't think you're ever really ready to go compete against your brother,” Jamie said. “But it's just something that we'll both have to deal with.

“It's not an easy thing to have to go through, but it's only an hour and a half of our lives, so we can get through it I think.

“It is weird to look across the net and see your brother because you want each other to win every time they step on the court. 

“And obviously you're getting out there and affecting what he's doing, and whether he's going to win or lose.”

Former world number one Andy has also revealed he will play no part in the US Open, with the 2012 champion deciding against playing doubles in New York.

Instead, he intends to play singles at next week’s ATP event in Winston-Salem before potentially entering a tournament on the Challenger Tour during the final major of the year.

“I'm not going to play doubles at the US Open,” the 32-year-old told BBC Sport. “My goal is to get back playing at the level that I want to on the singles court.

“I've decided that I need to focus all my energies on that right now. The US Open, doubles and mixed, can be another couple of weeks that you are slowing things down.

“It doesn't feel like I need to play the main draw of every single tour event. I've hardly played the last couple of years and, having discussed with my team, after this week I think doubles is done for me for the time being.

“I need to focus my mind on getting matches on the singles court. There aren't many tournaments between now and the end of the year.”