April 14, 2013
HOUSTON - Former Baylor All-American John Peers partnered with Great Britain's Jamie Murray to win the doubles title at the US Men's Clay Court Championship on Saturday at the River Oaks Country Club.
Peers' first ATP title came against tennis royalty. Playing in just their sixth tournament together, Peers and Murray took down Mike and Bob Bryan, 1-6, 7-6(3), 12-10, to claim the ATP crown.
Just a day prior, the Bryan brothers had won their 800th match together and were seeking their 87th tournament title.
A win for Peers and Murray did not seem like a possibility after the first set. The Bryan brothers cruised to a 6-1 win victory in 19 minutes and looked well on their way to a 20th-consecutive win at the River Oaks Country Club.
In the second set, the British-Australian team saved four-break points to force a tiebreak and then rattled off seven straight points in the tiebreaker, after the Bryans had jumped out to a 3-0, to claim the set.
In the decisive third set tie-break, Peers and Murray saved a match point, before converting their second to claim the title.
The entire match lasted 84 minutes and afterwards Peers and Murray celebrated the victory by jumping into the country club's pool.
The win also prevented the Bryans from capturing their fifth ATP World Tour title of the year, and fifth crown at the River Oaks Country Club.
The previous best result for Peers and Murray had been a semifinal run at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
In one season at Baylor, Peers racked up a 38-6 mark in doubles play, while being named All-Big 12 in singles and doubles. He partnered with current Bear Roberto Maytin to be an ITA All-American in doubles. The duo finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country and advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.
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