Toronto's Nestor, Serbia's Zimonjic win Wimbledon
Toronto's Daniel Nestor completed the career doubles Grand Slam on Saturday, winning Wimbledon along with teammate Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
It was the first Grand Slam title for the No. 2-seeded team of Nestor and Zimonjic, who prevailed 7-6 (12), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 over Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in the final at London's All England Club.
"I can't feel much better than I do right now," Nestor told CBC's The National. "It's been a long time coming, 14 Wimbledons."
Nestor previously captured the Australian, French and U.S. Open titles with former partner Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.
Nestor also won the Olympic gold medal for Canada with partner Sebastien Lareau at the 2000 Olympics.
Zimonjic was playing the final with a wrist injury suffered in a fall during the pair's semifinal match Thursday evening.
He revealed on Friday that he has a fracture in the bone on the inside of his arm, just above his left wrist. It will not fully heal for about four weeks, and Zimonjic is taking medication for pain and inflammation. He wore a wrist brace during the final match on Saturday.
The opening set of the match lasted almost an hour and entered a tiebreak. Nestor and Zimojic then took a lead on their fifth set point. They duelled at the net and Bjorkman hit a return shot into the tape, giving Nestor's side the set.
The second set also went into a tiebreak. Bjorkman and Ullyet reached three set points first before Ullyet hit the volley winner to even things up at one set apiece.
Bjorkman made two unforced errors in the third set. The side gave up a two-set-to-love lead and Zimonjic hit the set winner.
"I think we played solid from start to finish," said Nestor. "We were serving unbelievably. We put a lot of pressure on our opponents. They were a tough team.
"I think the difference in the match was in the third set when we broke their serve to get ahead. We held on in that set. And again, broke early in the fourth set. We kept serving well, then broke again to win the match."
Nestor and Zimonjic have been on a roll this spring, winning 21 of 23 matches, but lost to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Luis Horna of Peru at the French Open.
Nestor said he was happy with his choice of partnering with Zimonjic.
"He didn't lose a serve once this whole tournament," said Nestor of Zimonjic. "I can't even count the number of aces he hit.
"A year ago we were having a lot of problems with both teams splitting up, his partner and mine, but here we are a year later and we have the trophy, so it's a great feeling."
Nestor soon will partner with Freddy Niemeyer in preparation for the Beijing Olympics in August.
"We'll be a dangerous team," Nestor said. "I don't think we'll be one of the favourites [to medal] but I think if we play well we can beat some good teams."
With files from the Canadian Press