According to the Canadian Press, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Daniel Nestor of Toronto, Ontario and his men's doubles partner, Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, won the Madrid Masters on Sunday by defeating the talented American duo of Bob and Mike Bryan. Nestor and Zimonjic beat the Bryan twins in straight sets by scores of 6-4, 6-2.
The win was significant because the Madrid Masters is a significant tuneup for the 2014 French Open, the second grand slam tennis event on the calendar. This was the first time that the Bryan brothers lost a match in a while, as they saw their 24 match winning streak come to an end.
Seeded sixth in the event, Nestor and Zimonjic won 84% of their first serve point opportunities and 62% of their second serve point opportunities. Nestor and Zimonjic also broke the Bryans three times throughout the match en route to the title.
At 41 years of age, many have thought the door is closing on Nestor's prestigious career, but he continues to play exceptionally well on the court. This was his fifth Masters Madrid doubles title. He previously won with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and with Zimonjic in 2009.
Nestor, who has now won 84 career tennis titles, will go for his 85th title this week in Rome. This will be the last Masters event before the French Open, a title Nestor has won in men's doubles four separate times--in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 2010 French Open title came with Zimonjic as the pair defeated Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Leander Paes of India 7-5, 6-2.
Nestor experienced Olympic glory at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney when he won the gold medal with Sebastien Lareau of Montreal, Quebec. The Canadian duo beat the Australian titans of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6.