Jamie is a year older and exclusively plays doubles, while Andy is, of course, best known for his exploits in singles, where he is a 3 time grand slam champion and a 2 time Olympic gold medallist. In both players were at the top of their game, literally — Andy was world number 1 in singles and Jamie was number 1 in doubles.
After losing , to experienced Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Monday, Murray had admitted that his legs felt heavy in the closing stages. Shunted out to the bijou Court 4 — one of the further-flung parts of Lindner Family Tennis Centre — he nevertheless enjoyed vocal support as he and his charismatic partner Feliciano Lopez fought back from a set down to defeat Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer by a , , scoreline.
A year-old Spaniard, Lopez is a tall left-hander with a weak backhand which he more than compensates for with world-class serves, forehands and volleys.
Horia showed a solid game in the beginning of and won two doubles titles, one Challenger and one ATP World Tour Series , at Marrakech and Casablanca , which confirmed his good form.
He can be unpredictable — on Tuesday he blared a couple of regulation volleys so far long that they flew into the backboard — but he also brings an explosiveness that can blow any opponents away.
It is no mean feat to beat Rojer and Tecau, who are the fourth-best pair in the world this year.
Murray shared an especially warm handshake afterwards with Rojer, the Dutchman who lives near to his second home in Miami, and was the only tennis player from outside the UK to attend his wedding in While Murray improves his conditioning, doubles will keep his competitive juices flowing.
He may only be ranked at No.
These two play with real chemistry and have now won six of their seven matches together. Murray then tried out a series of different partners in his next three events — Marcelo Melo in Eastbourne, Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon and brother Jamie in Washington — before returning to Lopez last week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Despite all these changes, Murray is on a run of three straight second-round exits, which should strengthen his resolve in his next outing against the American duo of Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock.
The singles career of Sock — a former world No. Also in Cincinnati, British No.
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Though at least the scoreline - , - was closer than it had been in Montreal last week, where Edmund won only three games. Lopez is starting to do Lopez things No third set in men's doubles remember, we'll have a first-to points Match Tie-Break instead.