It’s been a relatively arduous climb to the top of the rankings for Jamie Murray, who’s now almost within grasp of finishing off as the world’s best doubles player. Murray’s successes this year, continuing on from last season, saw him not only win his first doubles major at the Australian Open in January (partnering Bruno Soares), but also pushed him upward to a career high ranking of two, just behind Marcelo Melo, who’s merely 615 points ahead of him.
Murray, who partnered Tommy Robredo – a player with who, he acknowledged, he was teaming up for the first time – in the Dubai Open, crashed out in the quarters to eventual champions, Italians Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi.
Between his matches, TennisWorld USA managed to get to speak to Murray, who shared his perspectives of becoming the world no. 1, about his winning a doubles major, about the upcoming Davis Cup tie, and about partnering with brother, Andy, for the Rio Olympics.
“Of course yeah, I’m no. 2 (in the world) now, so yeah, (I) am going to go for it,” said Murray, adding, “(I am going to) keep trying to do my best when I step on the court, (am going to) try to win matches.
And then, if I get to no. 1, then great. But if not, then I (will) keep trying next year.” In this regard, Murray also talked about changing his partners, from John Peers – with whom he’d been playing for three years until last season – to Bruno Soares.
According to Murray, while the duo (Peers and he) went on to reach two Majors’ finals and had also had some good results overall, both of them felt that they needed a change. “(We) decided to play with different people this year.
We both felt that we wanted a change of scenery, different partner, different challenge, and new challenge. We both had career high rankings when we stopped,” Murray shared, before continuing on about partnering the Brazilian, “I wanted to keep going higher and was able to team up with Bruno, who’s a really experienced player.
I felt like he was going to be a great partner for me. I obviously made a great start to the year winning in Sydney and then the Australian Open. Yeah, I feel like I made a good change.”