US Open: Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win mixed doubles crown



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US Open: Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win mixed doubles crown

12 months ago, Jamie Murray claimed the US Open mixed doubles title together with Martina Hingis and he has managed to defend the crown, overpowering Nikola Mektic and Alicja Rosolska 2-6 6-3 11-9 in an hour and 19 minutes together with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Murray is the first male player since Bob Bryan in 2003-2004 but he and Bethanie had to work hard to lift the trophy, winning the last two points of the match at 9-9 in the match tie break to emerge as winners, scoring three points more than their rivals.

Mektic and Rosolska were off to a perfect start, scoring two breaks in the opening set and staying in touch until 3-3 in the second set before losing three straight games, having to determine the champions in the match tie break.

Mattek-Sands got broken in the third game after a great defense from Rosolska and she suffered another break at 2-4, allowing Nikola and Alicja to take the opener 6-2 after 28 minutes. Nothing could separate two teams in the first seven games of the second set before Rosolska lost serve to send Murray and Mattek-Sands 5-3 up and Jamie closed the set with a volley winner after a deuce in game nine to set up the match tie break.

There, Mektic and Rosolska built a 4-1 lead before losing the next six points to trail 7-4. Jamie and Bethanie have lost just one out of eight points on serve to move 9-6 up, with three match points up for grabs. Mektic and Rosolska saved them all to level the score at 9-9 but Murray fired a service winner to give his team the fourth match point.

He won the next point on the return as well with a volley winner to deliver the title for him and Mattek-Sands and it meant a lot to both players, with Jamie defending the crown won 12 months ago while Bethanie claimed her biggest crown after returning from a terrible knee injury at last year's Wimbledon. Final result:

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