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Q. We heard the news yesterday that you’re joining back with Jamie Murray as a doubles partner.

BRUNO SOARES: Yes.

Q. Can you tell us how that came about and why that came about?

BRUNO SOARES: Well, yeah. Mate came to me the end of last week and decided that he wanted to split and he had different plans for 2021. 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.

Q. On that point, you kind of mentioned you both learned a lot from your experiences with different partners. How do you think that will kind of help you coming back together? What would you do differently that perhaps was not working at the end of your time with Jamie when you guys split before?

BRUNO SOARES: Well, I think at the end it’s a little bit of — I mean, 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.

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.