Jamie Murray into doubles final

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares

Murray and Soares are playing their first Grand Slam final together

Britain’s Jamie Murray is through to his third consecutive Grand Slam doubles final after coming through the Australian Open semi-final in straight sets with partner Bruno Soares.

The Scottish-Brazilian pairing saw off France’s Lucas Pouille and Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1 in Melbourne.

They will face Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek or Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers in Saturday’s final.

Murray reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals with John Peers in 2015.

“I’m starting to get the hang of this game I think,” said Murray.

“It took me a long time to understand what it took to win, and to perform at optimum level every time you step on the court.

“I’ve been lucky, I had a great partner for the last few years in John Peers and now starting a new journey with Bruno here. It’s been a great two weeks for us and hopefully with one more match we can get over the final hurdle.”

Judy Murray and actors Brendan O’Carroll and Jennifer Gibney were courtside for the doubles

The elder Murray brother is the first Briton through to a final in a successful tournament for British tennis, with Andy Murray and Johanna Konta in the singles semi-finals.

“Who’d have thought?” added Jamie Murray.

“Somebody must be doing something right over in the UK. It’s been great. Andy’s obviously been doing amazing things for a long time and what Jo’s done this week has been quite unbelievable.

“Hopefully they can do their best and reach the final.”

Murray, 29, split with Australian Peers at the end of last season to team up with Soares, and they won the Sydney International title in the build-up to the Australian Open.

Soares, 33, is a two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion and through to his second men’s doubles final, having finished runner-up at the 2013 US Open alongside Alexander Peya.

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