(Reuters) – Briton Jamie Murray believes his doubles victory at Queen’s with Brazilian Bruno Soares has given the pair a much-needed boost ahead of next week’s Wimbledon as the duo target their third grand slam title.
Murray and Soares, who also won in Stuttgart earlier this month, beat France’s Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2 6-3 to claim their sixth tour title together on Sunday.
The pair, who won the Australian Open and the U.S. Open last year, are now looking ahead to Wimbledon, where they reached the quarter-finals in 2016.
“It’s big for us to win at Queen’s, one of the strongest fields in the year… and it gives us great confidence ahead of Wimbledon,” Jamie, the elder brother of world number one singles player Andy Murray, told Reuters on Tuesday.
“But on Monday (at Wimbledon) everyone starts from the same position… but we are one of the favorites for the tournament and we will do as well as we can.”
The 31-year-old Murray said his relationship with Soares has grown over the past 18 months and the duo are looking to finish the season strongly.
“We practice together, play our matches and even recovery together — it’s a 24-hour partnership,” said Murray. “Of course it helps that we have a good relationship as we spend all our days together.
“We have been playing together for 18 months now and hope we keep playing together and finish the year as strong as we can.”
Last year, Andy and Jamie became the first brothers to top the world rankings in singles and doubles at the same time.
The pair have played together on tour and represented Britain at the Davis Cup but have never appeared together at a grand slam.
With Judy Murray recently tipping her sons to “have a crack at Wimbledon” before the end of their careers, Jamie also refused to rule out the possibility of teaming up with his younger brother.
“One day we might play together at Wimbledon but that depends on Andy’s singles career,” Murray said. “I don’t know when that might happen but at the moment I’m happy playing with Bruno.”
Jamie Murray was talking to Reuters as a part of IBM’s technology event ahead of next week’s Wimbledon.
(Writing by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)