Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic enjoyed a dream ending to their partnership as they beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 to win their second end-of-season doubles title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Canadian/Serbian duo, who were champions in 2008, followed up their victory over top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals to lift the trophy at London’s O2 Arena. The first set was dominated by serve before the second seeds finally edged it, saving a set point in the process. Bhupathi and Mirnyi, from India and Belarus respectively, beat their opponents on their way to victory at the Paris Masters two weeks ago, but this time it was Nestor and Zimonjic’s day, with a single break of the Bhupathi serve enough to give them the title. After three years with Zimonjic, Nestor will team up with the man he beat on Sunday – Mirnyi – in 2011.
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Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic became the first doubles team in eight years to defend the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title on Sunday. The Canadian-Serbian duo was leading No. 5 seed Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 2-0, when Bhupathi retired due to a right leg injury after 44 minutes of play.
“We played solid all week,” said Nestor. “Of course we got a little fortunate today with the injury which is unfortunate for them. They’ve been playing really well recently, getting to the final in Miami and they’ll definitely be one of the teams to contend with throughout the rest of the season.”
“”Monte-Carlo is definitely one of the nicest tournaments on the tour, with a lot of tradition,” said Zimonjic. “I have some great memories in Monte-Carlo. It was here that I won my first Masters 1000 title back in 2004. It’s a special feeling every time I play here and it’s great that we could defend our title.
“Of course with Mahesh getting injured, it’s not the way you want to win, but we played well the whole weekend. It’s my fourth title here and it’s nice to win at least one tournament more times than Daniel has!”
Rafael Nadal ensured his place in at least one final this weekend at the BNP Paribas Open, after teaming up with fellow Spaniard Marc Lopez for a 6-4, 6-4 semi-final win over sixth-seeded duo Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley on Friday afternoon in Indian Wells.
Nadal will play his singles semi-final against Croatian Ivan Ljubicic at noon Saturday, before he and Lopez compete for the doubles title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament after 5:00pm.
Nadal and Lopez are playing in their fifth tournament together, and claimed an ATP World Tour title on their partnership debut – defeating Nestor and Zimonjic in the 2009 Doha final.
The 23-year-old Nadal claimed both the singles and doubles (w/Robredo) titles two years ago in Monte Carlo, becoming just the fourth player in the history of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments to accomplish the feat.
Lopez and Nadal will again meet Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the championship match after the tournament’s No. 1 seeds defeated big-serving American duo John Isner and Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-2, in 58 minutes.
Top doubles team Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic had extra reason to celebrate at the end of 2008. Not only did they clinch the year-end No. 1 team ranking after winning Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, but also both welcomed their first children in December.
Nestor and his wife Natasha, whom he married in July 2005, welcomed a baby girl called Tiana Alexis – born on Monday December 15 at 8:28pm, weighing 8lbs 2oz. “Mom and baby are both doing great and we are thrilled and very fortunate that she is both beautiful and sweet,” said Nestor.
Zimonjic and his wife Mina, whom he married on May 24 in Belgrade, became proud parents of twins on December 3 – a boy named Leon and his sister Luna, who was born two minutes later.
The Canadian-Serbian duo captured the Stanford ATP Doubles Race in dramatic fashion at the end of the season with victory over Bob and Mike Bryan in a winner-take-all finale at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai. They also won their first Grand Slam title as a pair at Wimbledon (d. Bjorkman-Ullyett).