No happy ending for Murray's brother too

LONDON • Jamie Murray was unable to restore family pride at Wimbledon, when he and John Peers were beaten 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 by Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in Saturday's men's doubles final.

A day after brother Andy was defeated by Roger Federer in the singles semi-finals, Jamie was unable to collect a second All England Club title to add to his 2007 mixed doubles triumph with Jelena Jankovic.

Andy, the world No. 3, had previously said he would probably be too nervous to watch his older brother play. He had watched the 2007 final and said it was agonising.

But on Saturday, he slid into a seat three rows above the players' box to urge Jamie on. "I didn't know he was coming until I heard him shouting encouragement," admitted Jamie to laughs afterwards.

Yet after a positive opening, he and Australian Peers were second best for much of the match.

"I guess it's a missed opportunity," sighed Jamie, at 29 the elder Murray brother by a year. "We may never have a chance to play a Grand Slam final again."

The Murray brothers will now turn their attention to this weekend's Davis Cup, when Britain host France in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Australia's former Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter says the rift with Bernard Tomic remains deep after the outspoken young star's outburst against Tennis Australia (TA) last week.

Tomic was axed from Australia's team for this week's Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan after he hit out at the sport's national governing body and Rafter at a press conference at Wimbledon.

Rafter told Brisbane's Sunday Mail newspaper TA had withdrawn support for Tomic "until there is some reconciliation going on".

He said he hoped the feud was not irreconcilable and was happy to sit down with Tomic to talk things out, "but that may never happen".

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN

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