Jamie Murray misses out on Queen's title
Jamie Murray fell short in his bid to become the first British winner in the men's doubles at Queen's for 14 years as he and Australian partner John Peers went down to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in Sunday's final.
Queen's Club had been expecting to watch a different Murray on finals day, but it was Jamie who took centre stage rather than brother Andy, whose singles title defence ended in a shock third-round defeat on Wednesday.
Not since Jeremy Bates teamed up with American Kevin Curran in 1990 has Britain provided a winner in the event and Murray had admitted on the eve of the final he was determined to end his country's barren run.
However Murray was unable to secure his 12th career doubles title and what would have been a fifth as a pairing with Peers.
The teams met three times last year in Valencia, at the US Open and at Eastbourne, with Peya and Soares securing a clean sweep of victories, and the trend continued in 2014 with the No.2 seeds winning 4-6 7-6(4) 10-4 in one hour and 37 minutes.
With Murray and Peers taking the first set, No.2 seeds Soares and Peya edged the second-set tiebreaker. That forced a Champions Tie-break, which Soares and Peya eased through to take their ninth title together and first of 2014.
"I don't think we could have done much more today, but that's just the way it goes," said Murray. "It was a couple of points here or there. Both tie-breaks got away from us at the start and we weren't really able to get it back.
"But it was a good week for us, a great week for us, and we go to Eastbourne next week. It's all money in the bag for Wimbledon.
"I think we'll be seeded. I think after this week we will manage to do that, which is obviously nice if you don't have to play the top guys first match out.
"For us, we think we can do really well there. I don't see why we wouldn't regardless of the surface."