Jamie Murray seeks a piece of history in Wimbledon mixed doubles final
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray booked his place in Sunday's Wimbledon mixed doubles final with a confident 6-2 6-2 win over all-British pair Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke.
Last year he didn't plan on competing in the mixed doubles until Martina Hingis called just days before the tournament â€” the fledgling partnership duly storming past their rivals to lift the title, ten years after Murray won his first Grand Slam with Jelena Jankovic.
This year it was his men's doubles partner Bruno Soares who did the matchmaking, with Azarenka another world-class partner he could not say no to.
"I've just been very lucky with the partners I've had over the years to be honest, it's not me being good at choosing either," he said.Â
"Last year Martina asked me and I just couldn't pass that up. This year my focus was purely on the men's doubles and I had no intention of playing in the mixed until Victoria called. Hopefully we can now go one more step on on Sunday."
Murray would be the first player to win Wimbledon's mixed doubles title with three different partners if Muzzarenka - as they've been dubbed by mother Judy - beat Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar on Sunday.
And at least he is smiling again after a disappointing quarter-final exit in the men's
doubles with Brazilian Soares, a gilt-edged opportunity missed as they were the highest seeds left in the tournament.
"It's just great to be back in another Wimbledon final," he added.
" I thought we played a great match from start to finish and didn't really give them much of a chance."
"It was a pretty rough night after losing in the men's doubles because we knew we had a great chance to win the tournament, which was the biggest goal of our year. We came in with really high expectations and I was pretty low after what happened. But the focus on the mixed has really helped me.
"I've been fortunate to have a lot of amazing moments on the tennis court in my career and if I stopped tomorrow then I'd be very happy with what I accomplished but I feel I can achieve a lot more in the sport."
In truth British wildcards Dart and Clarke struggled against their vastly-experienced rivals but a big stage appearance on Wimbledon's Number One Court will surely pay rich dividends in their future careers.
Dart didn't even expect to be here - she was due on a beach in Greece earlier this week.Â
"They've had a great tournament and hopefully they've enjoyed the experience," added Murray.
"I don't know Harriet really but I've been around Jay at the Davis Cup and he is progressing really well and I think he could be a really good doubles player. I don't know how much he is focussed on it compared to singles but he's certainly got the right skills."
Elsewhere, British youngster Jack Draper will look to become the first home player to win the boys' singles title since Stanley Matthews, son of legendary footballer Sir Stanley Matthews, in 1962.
He came through a four-four-and-24-minute epic with fifth seed Nicolas Mejia, progressing 7-6, 6-7, 19-17.