Murray bows out of men's and mixed doubles in Melbourne
23 January 2019 / 09:06
It was a case of double disappointment for Great Britain's Jamie Murray as he was knocked out of both the men's and mixed doubles at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Murray and partner Bruno Soares were beaten at the quarter final stage of the Grand Slam by 12th seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
The British-Brazilian pair were through to the last eight for the fifth time since winning their second major together at the US Open in 2016 but, again, could not make it further.
Murray dropped serve at the start of the contest and that set the tone, with 2017 champions Kontinen and Peers the stronger team throughout.
And then the 32-year-old Scot teamed up with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the mixed doubles and also suffered defeat in the last eight.
The pair went down 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to Australian duo Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith.
Murray said: "It was a tough day, obviously, to lose both matches. I think the other guys played a good match, an aggressive match. Obviously I lost my serve at the start, which helped them settle down.
"We were under pressure a lot of the match. It was just one of those days where you get outplayed a bit. It was frustrating.
"The last three slams we've done the quarter-finals, so it's not like we're turning up and losing first round.
"A big goal for us this year was to try to win a Grand Slam. One shot down. We'll keep trying to do better."
Meanwhile, Liverpool's Neal Skupski is through to his first Grand Slam semi-final, though, after a 6-1 4-6 11-9 victory with Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez over top seeds Gaby Dabrowski and Mate Pavic in the mixed doubles.