Daniel Nestor will go back to the future in 2014.
The doubles king from Toronto will team with former partner Nenad Zimonjic next season in hopes of erasing memories of a poor 2013 campaign.
“I’m playing next season with Zimonjic,” Nestor told The Canadian Press at his last tournament stop in Vienna. “We’ll see how it goes.
“Of course there’s nothing permanent in doubles these days,” he joked. “But we feel it would be a great injustice if we never played again considering how well we played over three years together.
“We both want to see if we still have an magic.”
Nestor, the only man with more than 900 career doubles wins, achieved some of his best career results with the big-hitting Serb at his side. The pairing accounted for three of the eight Grand Slam titles held by the record-setting Nestor.
Nestor and Zimonjic parted company at the end of 2012, capping their time together with a title at the year-end World Tour Finals in London.
Nestor then teamed Max Mirnyi of Belarus, winning eight titles together — including two French Opens — over two seasons.
Nestor has had a variety of partners this season and has won only a single title, teaming with Leander Paes at Winston-Salem the week before the U.S. Open.
As a result, there will be no appearance at the year-end final for Nestor this year. The veteran’s season will end after next week’s Paris Masters.
Nestor is teaming this week in Basel with Davis Cup teammate Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C., after losing last week’s Vienna final with Austrian partner Julian Knowle.
“The season has certainly been frustrating for sure,” Nestor said. “But there have been good times also. We’ve played good Davis Cup matches and the past two months have not been so bad for me, just some poor luck.
Nestor and Pospisil were up a set and a break against the Bryan brothers in the third round of the U.S. Open before losing. In Shanghai, Nestor and Paes had two match points against former partner Robert Lindstedt and Pospisil but couldn’t capitalize.
“If you can win these kind of matches you get on a roll. It’s very frustrating to lose them but it’s nothing tragic, “Nestor said. “I had years when my teams were winning them.”
The Canadian is hoping to make the next two weeks count for him on court.
“My ranking (18th in doubles) is where it is because of my play,” he said. “There have been times I’ve played well and times when I’ve not been good enough.
“I’ll be finished (with this season) soon, there’s no London for me. I just want to play well and then enjoy life (until next season).”
With an Olympic gold medal and eight Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles tennis, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor has claimed the sport’s highest honours.
But for the 41-year old, teaming up with Vancouver’s Vasek Posipsil to put Canada on the verge of a first ever berth in a Davis Cup final is right up there among the greatest moments in his career.
Nestor and Pospisil hung on for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 victory over Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Illja Bozoljac on Saturday.
“It’s just as good as a gold medal or Wimbledon for sure,” said Nestor, who is usually reserved in media interviews but walked into the post-match press conference with a big smile on his face.
Daniel Nestor became the first doubles player to reach the 900 match wins milestone, as he teamed up with fellow 40 year old Leander Paes for a 6-4, 6-4 win over Paul Hanley and John Peers on Wednesday night in the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals.
“It’s obviously special being able to play as long as I have and fortunately winning a lot,” said the Canadian. “I always had great partners, and it’s nice to share this moment with another great player in doubles over the years. It’s a special evening.”�
Nestor, who made his ATP World Tour debut as a 16 year old, has compiled a 900-358 match record and 80 titles over his illustrious career. He notched his first win in 1993 in Auckland, alongside Sebastien Lareau.
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It's not often that a player gets honoured in a tournament while he is still playing. But that changes when you have been playing the tournament for 25 years in a row.
Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor was honoured with a plaque and a bottle of 1989 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste red wine from current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, in a ceremony on Court Central in Montreal during the ongoing Rogers Cup.
Nestor is the first player to play in one event for 25 years in a row in the Open Era.
Nestor commented on the occasion, "It's been a long time on tour and at this tournament and I feel fortunate to play as many years as I have."
The Canadian has won eight Grand Slam doubles titles and has 896 career doubles win.
He also peaked in the top 60 in singles. This week he is playing with Robert Lindstedt and they will meet Jerzy Janowicz and Dominic Inglot, in the second round.
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Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and French partner Kristina Mladenovic clinched the mixed doubles Wimbledon trophy on Sunday, defeating the top-seeded Brazilian-American pair of Bruno Soares and Lisa Raymond 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 for the title.
After the dropping the closely-fought first set, Mladenovic and Nestor were nearly perfect in the second, reeling off five straight games at one point to take the match to a deciding third set.�
Then, with Mladenovic serving at the 5-6 mark of the third set, the Canadian-French pair saved two championship points and held to bring it to 6-6. They didn’t lose a game after that, breaking in the next game and ultimately serving out the tournament at the two hour and four minute mark. Hitting nine aces and 22 winners, Nestor and Mladenovic earned four of 11 break point opportunities, and both players had their moments to shine.
It was the second extended match for the No. 8-seeded duo, as they won their semifinal duel 11-9 in the third set over No. 3 seeds Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, both former partners of Nestor. En route to the championship, they also eliminated the No. 2 pair of Romania’s Horia Tecau and India’s Sania Mirza.
Nestor and Mladenovic now hold a 9-1 record together as a team. They also played together at the French Open last month, where they finished as runners-up.
For 40-year-old Nestor, the victory gives him his third mixed doubles Slam trophy, joining the pair he won at the Australian Open – in 2007 with Russian Elena Likhovtseta and in 2011 with Srebotnik. He is now 3-4 in mixed doubles finals. The Wimbledon crown also is his first title of the 2013 season, while it is the first professional Slam title of any kind for 20-year-old Mladenovic, who was the 2009 Junior French Open champion. Mladenovic also is the defending Rogers Cup presented by National Bank doubles champion alongside Poland’s Klaudia Jans-Ignacik.
Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic will have to settle for the runner-up position in the French Open mixed doubles tournament following a 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 loss to Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in the championship match on Thursday.
After a strong opening set, which the No. 5-seeded team of Nestor and Mladenovic captured in just 21 minutes, the Canadian-French pair could not capitalize on four break chances in the second set and Hradecka and Cermak were able to push the battle into a deciding match tiebreak. In the tiebreak, the Czechs grabbed an early lead and held on for the victory.
The loss drops Nestor’s record in mixed doubles finals to 2-4. He previously won the Australian Open in 2011 with Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and in 2007 with Elena Likhovtseva of Russia. The 40-year-old also possesses eight Slam trophies in men’s doubles.�
Nestor and 2012 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank doubles champion Mladenovic will also play together in the Wimbledon mixed doubles draw in a few weeks’ time.