Jamie Murray marched into the final of the US Open 2019 mixed doubles draw while still retaining his chances of winning the men’s doubles title by making it to its semi-final on Wednesday.
Wild-card entrant Murray combined with his American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to defeat third seeded Rajeev Ram and Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 in their semi-final. They victors will now take on the top seeds Michael Venus and Chan-hao Ching for the title.
Venus and Ching beat fourth seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig to set up this final meeting.
Speaking after the match, previous year’s winner Murray said:
“We were on fire. We didn’t give them a chance, I’m really happy to be in the final again.”
Murray, who has won at least one doubles title at Flushing Meadow over the past three years, also combined with fellow Briton Neal Skupski to defeat Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow in the quarter-final of the men’s doubles. They won 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) to enter the semis where they will take on the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah for a place in the title-decider.
Playing in just his second Grand Slam with Skupski, Murray and his partner were a break up in the opening set but failed to convert it, losing serve at 4-3. Sock and Withrow broke again to wrap up the set.
In the second, the British pair retaliated with two breaks of serves of their own and levelled it up at a set apiece, but the Americans got the early advantage in the third. They got off to a 4-1 lead before the Brits broke back and pushed the match into a tie-breaker.
Murray and Skupski held their nerve in the tie-breaker, winning 7-4 to make the semi-final.