Andy Murray may have remained undefeated during his Hopman Cup experience in the singles’ matches but the overall title proved elusive to him and his partner Heather Watson, so his brother will have bragging rights this week after Jamie and Australian John Peers claimed the men’s doubles crown at the Brisbane International event.

The multi-national pairing came through 6-3 7-6 against Alexandr Dolgopolov and the rising Asian phenomenon Kei Nishikori in Australia, and seem to be developing a solid understanding after joining up early in 2013. Winning the final was just reward for a consistent tournament that saw them come through without the loss of a single set and they must now be considered as potential winners in the same event at the Australian Open, which begins next Monday in Melbourne. Jamie is a former mixed-doubles winner at Wimbledon from 2007 when he partnered Jelena Jankovic to the title, but currently has a doubles ranking of just 41 so it was a welcome return to the limelight for the ‘other’ Murray. With Peers he has enjoyed doubles' success since they came together, with four other titles under their belts before Brisbane.  

At the same event in the men’s singles, world number two Roger Federer took the title as generally expected, defeating the hard serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the final to claim his 1,000th career victory. As the Swiss 33-year old continues to disprove those doubting how much longer he can continue to contend for the major honours, he had to withstand a fightback from this year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist in the second set before clinching the title. After taking the first set 6-4, Federer lost the second on a tie-break, before using his experience to win the decisive third set 6-4.

Stan Wawrinka took the title at the Chennai Open in India in a repeat of his win twelve months ago, this time defeating the unseeded Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 to suggest that he is also in fine form ahead of Melbourne, as he seeks to defend his Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

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