What's even funnier is before the World Tour Finals I heard some guys say that these 2 will be walking BYEs.
I think that was perhaps a little unfair and certainly premature. They have surprised me though with their consistency. I think there was the feeling that while they won a grand slam, it could well have been a one-off dream run given that the Wimbledon doubles tournament is so different from most tournaments (5 sets, deuce-advantage system, grass courts). Also, they performed less well when they paired up in a few subsequent tournaments. I guess this has shown that they really are big stage players and are capable of raising their game to the level of the world's best and most experienced pairings when they have challenging opponents and an favourable court atmosphere.
Certainly a nod to the ATP for the altered ranking criteria for grand slam winners. I think it could be argued the tournament is richer for having Marray and Nielsen rather than the 8th placed team Fyrstenberg and Matkowski.