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Bruno Soares explains how he and Jamie Murray got back together

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Murray and Soares are back together (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Soares revealed his current partner Mate Pavic decided to end their working relationship, allowing the Brazilian to team up again with Britain’s Jamie Murray.

Soares and Murray won two Grand Slam titles together in 2016 – Murray’s only success at that level in men’s doubles.

While Murray and Neal Skupski – the Liverpudlian who is searching for a new partner – failed to land major silverware in their 18-month spell together, Soares won the US Open with Pavic this year and they’re currently the highest-ranked doubles pairing in the world.

And he expressed his surprise at Pavic’s decision to end their partnership to team up with fellow Croatian Nikola Mektic.

‘I am surprised, as everyone else,’ the Brazilian smiled. ‘I wasn’t expecting that at all.

‘I mean, I guess he wanted to play with Mektic. They are very good friends, both from the same country, there is Olympics coming.

Pavic ended his relationship with Soares (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘I don’t know. To be honest, when he came to talk to me, I was a bit disappointed. I told him, and I didn’t want to kept on the conversation. So I said, Okay, if you want to do that after the year that we had, go ahead.

‘I don’t know if he had that before in his head and then the results just kept on not going in his favour to make a move like that and that came to a point that he had to do it, but, yeah, I was very surprised. But like I said, you’ve got to respect everyone thinks different, and you’ve got to understand.

‘I was a little bit sad for me after having such a great year. Like you said, fighting for No. 1, being the best team after the break.

‘But life goes on. You know, there is nothing I can do right now other than work hard and keep trying to do my thing.’

It opened the door for Murray and Soares to team up again and the older Murray brother was quick to try and reunite with his former partner.

‘Mate came to me the end of last week and decided that he wanted to split and he had different plans for 2021,’ added Soares. ‘Jamie found out the news. Came to talk to me, my plans. To be honest, I didn’t really have any plans because I was trying to focus, you know, on the tournament here, pretty big one.

‘But again, I have to at one point look for a partner. It seemed to me a great idea. I really like Jamie as a person, as a player. We had a lot of success together.

‘I think we both are more experienced, more mature now. I’m really looking forward for next year.’

Murray and Soares are back together (Picture: Getty Images)

Soares and Murray’s partnership ended at the French Open in 2019 and the 38-year-old Brazilian compared their relationship to a marriage, while he hopes their familiarity will allow them to get off to a quick start next season.

‘It’s like a marriage, you know. At the end, sometimes just a routine and it just gets to you, and I think at the end was then,’ said Soares.

‘I think Jamie needed a change at that moment. I appreciate him because he was always very honest about it, and when he came and talked to me, I completely understood.

‘I think for me, first thing, you’ve got to be happy on court, and if you’re not really feeling happy you have got to do something to be happy. He felt that the change was necessary.

‘We’re still playing great tennis. I think right now, I think it’s not the experience with different partners. I think it’s just time. You mature, you play better, keep improving.

‘I think Jamie improved a lot since we played, which is good. I don’t know if I improved a lot. I’m getting older, so he’s going to have to come with the youth, which he’s not that young anymore.

‘But I think one advantage that we have, it’s with a lot of teams changing for next season. Me and Jamie, we’re not really a change. We know each other extremely well, and I don’t think it’s going to take long for us to click. So I think this is something positive on our side and makes us even more competitive.’

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