Daniel Nestor wins mixed doubles final at Australian Open
Canadian teams up with French partner Mladenovic
Toronto's Daniel Nestor and French partner Kristina Mladenovic won the Australian Open mixed doubles title Sunday over India's Sania Mirza and Romanian Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-2.
The 58-minute victory marks the fourth mixed title for the 41-year-old Nestor and second for his team in the last three grand slams.
He and Mladenovic won the Wimbledon title last summer after finishing runner-up at the French Open eight months ago.
"We've been playing our best tennis here," said Nestor. "It's great to win this title.
"I have what I believe is the best partner in mixed. Kristina helps me out and I have to cover less of the court — that's good at my age."
Nestor now owns three Melbourne mixed titles, winning with Elena Likhovtseva in 2007 and repeating three years ago with Slovenian Katerina Srebotnik. Nestor and Mladenovic beat Mirza and Tecau at Wimbledon last summer on the way to their title together.
Nestor's team beat the sixth seeds with five aces 14 winners, 24 unforced errors and four breaks of serve.
Mladenovic converted on a third match point as she sent a passing shot past Tecau to take the victory.
"Australia's a great place to be at this time of year," Nestor said of a match played in 26 Celsius summer conditions, "It's certainly a bit colder in Canada.
"Leaving home at around Christmas time is always a blessing."
Nestor was accompanied on his trip by his family, which had to return home this week for school.
The Canadian will travel to Tokyo for next week's Davis Cup tie with Japan.