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By Chris Oddo | Friday November 17, 2017

Soares and Murray

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares upset the World No.1s to book their spot in the semifinals at the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares delivered a clutch performance against World No.1 Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot to reach the semifinals at the Nitto ATP Finals. The 6-2, 6-4 victory for the British-Brazilian pairing also eliminates Mike and Bob Bryan from the competition.

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Murray and Soares needed the win to qualify or else they would have been edged by the American twins on the strength of their loss to the Bryans on Monday in London.

Kubot and Melo were under the gun early against their opponents. They surrendered five of ten break points and despite rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to level in set two, they lost a crucial deciding point in the seventh game and never were able to take a lead.

They fall to second place in the Woodbridge/Woodforde Group and will face Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus in the semifinals.

Murray and Soares win the group and will face defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in Saturday’s other doubles semifinal.

The four-time champion Bryan Brothers fell to alternates Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday. Pavic and Marach got to play their debut as a result of Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granoller’s injury withdrawal.

Murray and Soares went 3-0 in group play last season at London but fell to Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the semifinals.

Kontinen and Peers won the title in 2016 without losing a match, finishing their debut season as a team on a 10-match winning streak.

All four semifinalist pairs are former Grand Slam champions. Three of the four semifinalists have won Grand Slam titles this season (Kontinen/Peers, Australia, Harrison/Venus, Roland Garros, Kubot/Melo, Wimbledon). Murray and Soares won two major titles in 2016 (Australia, US Open).


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