US Open title in touching distance for Jamie Murray as he and Hingis reach final
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US Open title in touching distance for Jamie Murray as he and Hingis reach final

09 September 2017 / 08:40

Jamie Murray is just one win from his maiden US Open mixed doubles crown after he and partner Martina Hingis reached Saturday’s final at Flushing Meadows.

A straight sets victory over CoCo Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau was enough for the British and Swiss pairing to make the weekend’s showcase, just two months since tasting success as Wimbledon champions.

In fact, Murray and Hingis are yet to lose together as a duo, with third seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus the only hurdle for the tournament favourites still to overcome.

Murray was previously a US Open mixed doubles runner-up with Liezel Huber in 2008, but this year marks his first return to the final as he looks to add another Slam to his double-Wimbledon glory.

And the Scot was in no doubt about where the recent success could be traced back to, looking to replicate the form that saw him become men’s doubles champion in the same Slam alongside Bruno Soares just last year.

“Pick the best partner,” he smiled. “We’ve played a lot of great stuff.

“At Wimbledon we played amazingly well in all the matches. Here we’ve fought really hard through a couple of matches.
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“Again today it was super-close. We saved some set points otherwise we were going to be in tie-break again.

“Martina made some great shots at the end there – balls that were on the baseline, super-tough to get back off big returns – and just found a way through.”

Tecau had won the men’s doubles earlier that day, while Vandeweghe narrowly missed out in the women’s singles a day previous.

And Murray and Hingis ensured a quick start was their order of the day, breaking in the opening game – the only break of serve in the tight 6-4 opening set.

But the battle was far from done there, Murray forced to rally from 0-40 down early in the second set to keep hold of the serve alongside his Swiss partner.

A break from each side ensured a second-set tie-break, one which looked to go the way of American Vandeweghe and Romania's Tecau after holding two set points.

But Murray and Hingis showed the resilience that took them all the way to Wimbledon glory, with the former delivering an unreturnable serve to close the game out at 10-8.

Now attentions quickly turn to New Zealand’s Venus and Chan of Chinese Taipei, who also only needed straight sets to secure their battle with the top seeds.

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