Jamie Murray successfully defended his US Open mixed doubles title as he and Bethanie Mattek-Sands came from a set down to defeat Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic.
Murray has now won four grand slam mixed doubles titles, three in the last five tournaments, to add to the two men’s doubles titles he won with Bruno Soares in 2016.
The 32-year-old claimed a second consecutive mixed doubles crown here 12 months ago with Martina Hingis, who watched from his box on Arthur Ashe Stadium having retired at the end of last season.
Pole Rosolska and Croatian Mektic were both playing in their first grand slam final and had chances but it was Murray and Mattek-Sands who proved just the stronger in the big moments to win 2-6 6-3 11-9.
Asked for the secret of his success, Murray said: “Pick the best partner. I’ve got a good talent for that I guess. I’ve had an amazing two weeks. Today things were going against us, we fought really hard to try to get back into the match.”
The Scot, who was runner-up with Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon, then sang happy birthday to mum Judy, who was also watching from the stands.
Mattek-Sands was bidding for her first grand slam title since returning from the horrific knee injury she suffered at Wimbledon last summer that left her screaming on the ground in agony.
She struggled to hold back tears as she said: “I got a little emotional out there. Going from not being able to get out of bed by myself last year, to playing this final. To everyone out there, you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
It was she who proved the weak link in the first set as Mektic and Rosolska, both very accomplished doubles players, broke twice.
With the match starting four hours before the women’s final, there was a sparse crowd, although they were at least all allowed to sit courtside, meaning there was still a decent atmosphere.
The vast majority of the fans were behind Murray and American Mattek-Sands and they turned things around in the second set, finally breaking the Rosolska serve in the eighth game before Murray clinched the set with a lunging volley.
Mektic would have regretted a chance he had to make it 0-40 on the Murray serve at 2-2 when he netted a short forehand, and even more so as Murray and Mattek-Sands won the first-to-10-points match tie-break.
Having trailed 4-1, Murray and Mattek-Sands stormed ahead 9-6 but missed all three match points. Another arrived, though, and this time Murray made sure with the volley.