On Thursday at the Rogers Cup, Andy Murray of Great Britain started his day with a win over Gilles Muller of Luxemburg in the third round. Then something strange and special happened.
Andy went head-to-head against his brother Jamie in doubles—a first for the brothers from Scotland.
“It went relatively well,” said Andy Murray in a post-match press conference. “But to be honest, it’s not ideal. I don’t want to be in that situation all the time. Jamie’s career is in doubles. For me, every time I’ve played in doubles, I always took it very seriously.”
Andy supports his brother week in, week out, catches all of his matches online and always wants him to win. “It’s strange for me when I walk onto the court to play against him when I want him to win all of his matches. But I also want to play well for Leander. It’s a catch. But it didn’t go too badly,” added the Grand Slam champion.
Of course, Andy Murray had to cope with a range of emotions.
“From an emotional standpoint, I didn’t find it too stressful,” confessed the world no.3. “The atmosphere is just a little strange for everyone, the partners too. In our first match, Leander and I were pretty dynamic on court, but in this match I didn’t want to do a fist pump in front of Jamie and his partner.”
Jamie Murray agreed. He and his partner John Peers of Australia defeated Andy Murray and Leander Paes of India in two sets (6-4, 7-6 (9)).
“It’s great to win but that wasn’t something that was natural,” said Jamie Murray. “It wasn’t easy but we had to go through it. We were able to manage everything. I’m happy to have won.”