According to the Canadian Press, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Daniel Nestor of Toronto, Ontario and his partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-6 in the men's doubles championship final of the 2014 Italian Open on Sunday. This was the second straight Tennis Masters Series event victory for Nestor and Zimonjic in men's doubles as they shocked the Bryan brothers a week ago in Madrid.
With the victory, Nestor and Zimonjic will go into the French Open as a serious contender. The two won the French Open together in 2010 when they beat Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Leander Paes of India 7-5, 6-2 in the championship final. Nestor has also won the French Open in 2007 with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and 2011 and 2012 with Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
At the age of 41, it is stunning to see Nestor play incredible tennis. The 12-time grand slam champion is still playing tennis at a very high level and it would not be surprising if he stays around for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro--especially when you take into account that the tennis tournament will probably happen on clay, which is the surface Nestor has had outstanding success on the last two weeks in Europe.
Nestor won his gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with Sebastian Lareau of Montreal. The duo beat Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 in the final.
The Italian Open was also a solid week for Canadian Milos Raonic who advanced all the way to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. Djokovic then beat world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
In other tennis news, two-time Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus has pulled out of the French Open that starts Sunday because of a left foot injury according to the Canadian Press. Azarenka is currently ranked fifth in the world behind reigning French and United States Open champion Serena Williams of the United States, reigning Australian Open champion Li Na of China, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Simona Halep of Romania.