He was disappointed. but it was not the end of the world; : Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were beaten in the finals of the ATT World Tour Nitto Tour for the third year.
They lost with Mike Bryan, World No. 1, and Jack Sock, the world No. 4, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 yesterday. They played well but in the game, the Americans started better. That was so simple.
"It's disappointing to be lost, obviously," said Murray. "It's a good quality game, a high-quality game. We have lots of good points to play. We ended the second situation strongly, we created lots of opportunities, I was feeling , going into the disaster.
"I thought we had a good chance to win today. I'm sure they thought they had a good chance to win too. A fairly fair team to be co-fitted with paper. They dropped to waterbreak. They played the best at the end we did. "
It's not a successful year for Murray and Soares, not at their levels at any stage. Two years ago, the coronation was the No. 1 finishing team; This year they are No. 4 in the order of sin. That's good enough for many players but it has been at the top, the Scots-Brazilian partnership wants to get back there. And soon.
"We have never been running for Number 1 this year," said Murray. "For me, you know, I put a lot into my tennis. I want to be the best. I want to finish at No.1 or I want to compete for that way. So, from that side, maybe it was a time of disappointment.
"I think we played a great deal of tennis in the second half of the year. We have shown these results. We have won many games. We played a good tennis here, and we won three matches against three of the eight highest teams in the world. I think that will give us a good start to the next year. "
The aim, then, is clear: "Try to be on Number 1," said Murray. "That's the way we are here."
There have been ideas of this type in the last few months, they won their first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in August – but they never did the ground lost at the start of the year. But after their efforts last week, their confidence is high enough, although the spirit is a little low.
Murray lets a little while for himself and holidays before going out to Florida to do his training and then, long before Christmas teams and tinsel go away, he will go to Doha for his & # 39 first year competition. It is Number 1 or misleading – and there is no time for rubbish.