Curaçaoan Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau beat Britain’s Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title today. The fourth-seeded pair win in straight sets comes after the a number of previous defeats at semi-final appearances at major tournaments.
Tecau, according to Les Roopanarine of The Guardian, “had the afternoon of his life, serving brilliantly and swinging freely on the return to consign those three Wimbledon defeats to history. He was ably aided and abetted by Rojer, whose service proved equally impregnable, and how delighted the Dutchman must be after that quintet of losing semi-final appearances at the majors.” Rojer didn’t lose a single point on his serve in the third set.
Murray and Peers struggled for consistency against their experienced opponents, who boast seven major doubles finals between them, and while each set was tight, there was no doubting Tecau and Rojer deserved their victory.
Murray and Peers earned three break points in the first set, two in Tecau’s opening service game, but all were saved and as the players found their serving rhythm, the teams headed into a tie-break.
Tecau and Rojer stepped up a gear to open up a 6-3 lead and while the first two set points were recovered, the third was converted as an incredible rally ended with a definitive smash.
There was another blow around the corner for Murray and Peers, as the latter netted a simple volley to give away an early break at the start of the second set. There was no turning of the tide as Tecau served out at 5-4, slapping away a volley to move two sets clear.
There was little to separate the pairs in the third set until a Peers double fault conceded a break point in the ninth game, which was seized upon, before Rojer served out to love to clinch the title.
Tecau, who becomes the first Romanian to win the men’s doubles at Wimbledon since the great showman Ilie Nastase, fell to his knees in disbelief and was soon followed to the turf by Rojer.