Murray in a hurry to keep up with brother

Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:41pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - It was quite a couple of hours for the Murray brothers at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday.

Younger sibling Andy crushed Switzerland's world number three Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-2 to top his group and stay on course for a season-ending finale against Novak Djokovic.

Shortly before taking to the O2 Arena court, it was also confirmed that Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares would end the year as the world's top-ranked duo, courtesy of a defeat for rivals Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Jamie has made a habit of beating his higher-profile brother to milestones.

He won a grand slam title -- the 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles -- five years before Andy won the U.S. Open.

Jamie reached number one in the ATP doubles rankings in April, seven months before Andy hit the singles summit.

Now he has clinched the year-end top spot for the first time with Soares, a few days before Andy can match him and confirm he is the top dog in men's tennis.

Jamie could also beat his brother to the ATP World Tour title as the doubles final on Sunday is the warm-up act for the singles.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - O2 Arena, London - 18/11/16 Great Britain's Andy Murray in action during his round robin match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs