November 9, 2012

Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi will not defend their 2011 ATP World Tour Doubles Finals crown after they failed to qualify for the semifinals following a 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 10-5 defeat at the hands of Indian pair Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna at the O2 Arena in London on Friday.

Entering their final round-robin match, the Canadian-Belarusian duo’s qualification scenario was clear – win and advance into the semifinals; lose and be officially eliminated. For the third straight match, Nestor and Mirnyi fell behind, losing the opening set. They were able to claw back and force a match tiebreaker in each contest, but on Friday they could not overcome Bhupathi and Bopanna. It was another extremely close duel, as not one break point was captured throughout the one hour and 54 minute battle. Nestor and Mirnyi finish the tournament with a 1-2 record in round-robin play and sit on the outside of the top four teams that move on to the semis.

Nestor had been the two-time defending champion, as he also won the season-ending championships in 2010 with then-partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia. With the loss, Nestor and Mirnyi have played their final match as a regular pair. Next year, the 40-year-old Toronto resident will be suiting up with one of the men who ended his 2012 season, four-time Slam champion Bhupathi.

Throughout their two years as a team, Nestor and Mirnyi won eight titles together, including two Roland Garros trophies. They also shared the world No. 1 doubles ranking from May till September of this year. A few weeks ago, Nestor also picked up his 80th career ATP World Tour doubles title with a victory at Basel alongside Zimonjic, who he was playing with for just that tournament. He is just the fourth man to clinch 80 trophies, behind Mike Bryan, Todd Woodbridge, and Bob Bryan.

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