November 5, 2012

Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi opened their title defense at the Barclays ATP World Tour Doubles Finals with a victory on Monday, defeating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6, 7-6(1), 12-10 at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a tough battle for the No. 2-seeded Canadian-Belarusian pair, as they were forced to come back from a set down in a match that was very closely-contested. The one hour and 36 minute encounter featured just one service break, with Lindstedt and Tecau earning it in the first set. The Swedish-Romanian duo took care of their own serve, only allowing Nestor and Mirnyi two break point opportunities and denying them both times.

Nestor and Mirnyi, who are playing in their last tournament as a team, are the defending champions in London. Nestor has actually won the ATP World Tour Doubles Finals the past two years, as he also captured the prestigious year-end trophy in 2010 with then-partner Nenad Zimonjic.

The other two teams in Nestor and Mirnyi’s round-robin group are Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, as well as Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen.

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