Read & Watch: Murray/Soares Capture Second Sydney Crown
Second seeds lift 10th tour-level team title
The second seeds, who captured their maiden team title at the event in 2016, saved seven of eight break points and won 73 per cent of first-serve points (27/37) to earn their 10th tour-level trophy as a team after 75 minutes.
"[It was] a great week for us in Sydney," said Murray." [It is the] perfect preparation to win a tournament going into the Australian Open. We played a lot of good tennis this week and beat a lot of good teams."
With their fourth straight win over Cabal and Farah, Murray and Soares improve to 6-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the Colombian duo. Murray has won 23 doubles crowns from 46 tour-level finals, while Soares has lifted 30 tour-level doubles trophies. It is the 12th straight year that the 36-year-old Brazilian has captured at least one tour-level doubles title.
"It feels great. I think [it was an] important week for us just before a Grand Slam," said Soares. "It was a very tough tournament from day one... We had a very tough draw but managed to play some great tennis every match. [I am] very happy with that."
Cabal and Farah were bidding to clinch their 12th tour-level team title. The top seeds, who reached the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in 2018, did not drop a set en route to the championship match in Sydney.
Murray and Soares receive 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and share $29,860 in prize money for lifting the trophy. Cabal and Farah earn 150 points and split $15,300.
"We finished the year strong last year and it's nice to be back, already playing some good tennis and looking forward to what is ahead in 2019," said Soares.