Nestor notches 800th career win at French Open
Daniel Nestor of Toronto won the 800th match of his career Thursday as he and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus defeated the French pairing of Gael Monfils and Josselin Ouanna 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in the first round of the French Open.
The 38-year-old now has the most wins among active players on the ATP.
"It's a great honour, I want to thanks my partners," said Nestor, a native of Toronto, as he iced his Achilles tendon. "I couldn't have done it without them."
The Canadian and his partner, seeded second, advanced at Roland Garros in just under 90 minutes. Nestor won French Open titles in 2007 and 2010, the last with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.
Nestor's run to his 800th was a drawn-out struggle. The Canadian and his partner lost their previous two matches in Madrid and Rome before finally giving Nestor his record in Paris, a span of nearly three weeks since their last victory.
"I figured if I got injured it might not happen," said Nestor. "But it's just winning another match. I think 900 might be reasonable perhaps, but I wouldn't count on 1,000. Of course, you can never say never, but I doubt it."
It's not the first time Nestor has reached what he thought was a final milestone.
1,000 wins 'unlikely'
"I remember thinking at the  Athens Olympics that they would be my last, now I'll probably playing two more after Athens [Beijing 2008, London 2012]," said Nestor. "I don't want to say no chance but [1,000 wins] seems unlikely."
Frenchmen Monfils and Ouanna put on a show for a home crowd but could not match the skills of their seeded opposition.
Nestor and Mirnyi won the first set after 51 minutes in a tiebreaker, then earned a 3-1 lead in the second on a break of Monfils.
The Canadian got out of trouble on his own serve in the eighth game, coming from love-30 down and helping his team save three break points before sending over a game-wining smash at the net for a 5-3 lead.
Another easy overhead a game later from Nestor set up a match point, with Ouanna double-faulting to end the contest.
"We played well today, it was tough conditions," Nestor said of the wind, which swirled around the court blowing red clay dust. "We had a few loose mistakes but our focus was very good and we got through a tough one."
Nestor and Mirnyi, winner of only four clay matches coming into Paris, are seeded second behind the Americans Bob and Mike Bryan, longtime rivals for Nestor-led teams.