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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Nestor/Zimonjic fight back to reach final

Photo Titled Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic on their toes against James Blake and Mardy Fish in the men's doubles.

Holders Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic came back from two sets down to see off Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish and keep their hopes of a second straight men’s doubles crown alive.

Nestor and Zimonjic eventually recovered to win 5-7, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 10-8 in a match lasting three hours and 28 minutes to set up a meeting in the final with Bob and Mike Bryan.They had to see off an inspired attempt by the Americans and, in particular, an on-song Blake, who has impressed immensely in the doubles competition since his shock first round exit in the singles to Italian Andreas Seppi.

Blake underlined his form in the team game with some terrific return winners throughout the match but it was enough.

Both Zimonjic (at 0-1) and Blake (at 4-2) lost their serves in the first set before the Americans snatched it, breaking the Nestor serve at 5-6. At 30-30, Nestor was unable to react to Fish’s fine backhand and Blake took the first set with one of his trademark returns.

The return winners continued in the second set and Fish/Blake broke with Nestor serving at 3-4 thanks to a double fault by the Canadian and Fish served out the set. But Nestor and Zimonjic came roaring back into the match. Some fine net play from both helped them to break both the Blake and Fish serves in the third set and they took it 6-2.

The fourth set was a close affair but the Americans were left to rue their luck. Nestor held serve at 3-4 after saving a break point. The set went to a tiebreak and a poor shot by Blake into the net at 3-3 gave Nestor/Zimonjic the crucial mini-break. They forced three set points and when Blake shot wide on the first, it ensured a fifth set.

Both sets of players kept their nerve throughout the final set, with all holding serve until 8-8. But then Fish was broken, with Nestor smashing backhanded to take the crucial break. And Zimonjic jubilantly held out to end an excellent day’s entertainment on Centre Court.

Centre Court - Gentlemen's Doubles - Semifinals
James Blake USA /
Mardy Fish USA
Daniel Nestor CAN (2)/
Nenad Zimonjic SRB (2)

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