Nestor and Zimonjic Win Cincinnati Masters August 23, 2009
Candian-Serbian duo saves eight match points to top Bryan brothers in final
Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and his Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic defeated the top-ranked Bryan brothers 3-6, 7-6(2), 15-13 in the doubles final at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday.
With the win, the Canadian-Serbian duo captured their eighth title of the season. The recently crowned Wimbledon champions also earned their fourth Masters 1000 crown of 2009, having swept the clay court events in Monte-Carlo, Rome and Madrid this spring. Nestor and Zimonjic saved eight match points in the third set super tiebreak to get the better of their arch rivals.
"We feel fortunate. I thought it was a great match,” Nestor commented. “They put a lot of pressure on us. We hung in there and played well. At the end of day, we got the win."
Nestor now boasts 62 Tour titles on his illustrious career resume. The 36-year old has been crowned champion four times in Cincinnati having previously lifted the trophy in 1996, 1998 and 2004 with former partner Mark Knowles.
Nestor and Zimonjic have also clinched their spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals set to be staged at the O2 in London in November.
Raonic reaches Futures final in Thailand
After putting forth in an inspired performance at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) continued his strong play in Thailand last week where he reached the singles final and took home top honours in doubles at a Futures event in Nonthaburi. Seeded seventh in singles, Raonic dropped a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision in the championship bout to Kittiphong Wachiramanowong of Thailand. The 18-year old triumphed in doubles alongside Austrian Nikolaus Mauser. The pair defeated the top-seeded Japanese team of Satoshi Iwabuchi and Gouichi Motomura 0-6, 7-6(2), 10-3.