Jamie Murray fails to defend Australian Open title: Winner Sam Querrey will now play Andy
JAMIE MURRAY and Bruno Soares crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round after losing to Americans Sam Querrey and Donald Young.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were defending champions at the Australian Open
Big-serving Querrey will face Andy Murray in the third round of the singles competition tomorrow.
And he warmed up for the contest by dispatching his older brother and partner in straight sets as they attempted to defend a major title for the first time.
Murray and Soares enjoyed the best year of their careers in 2016, winning the Australian and US Open doubles tournaments.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek in the last year
They finished the year as the No 1 pairing in the world although France's Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were made top seeds in the Australian Open draw this time around.
It meant the two teams could only meet in the final but Murray and Soares were handed an awkward opening contest against Querrey and Young.
Both are former top-40 players in their own right while 6ft 6in Querrey has a serve that makes him an ideal doubles partner.
Sam Querrey knocked Novak Djokovic out of Wimbledon last year
And the Americans' serve was unbroken for the entirety of the match as they knocked out the No 2 seeds in Melbourne.
The first set slipped away from Murray and Soares in less than half an hour, dropping their serve to love in the fourth game of the match and losing 6-3.
The second set was a more gruelling encounter, including a run where four of five games went to deuce.
But both teams held and force a tie-break and while one match point was saved, the second was too much and the title defence was over.
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