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Pospisil, Nestor advance into French Open third round

May 29, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Canada’s top two men’s doubles players continued their winning ways at Roland Garros on Friday, as Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) both earned second-round victories with their respective partners.

First, Nestor and Indian Leander Paes – the No. 10 seeds – ousted Andre Begemann of Germany and Julian Knowle of Austria 7-6(3), 6-2. Nestor and Paes were the superior team throughout the duel, and have now won two consecutive matches, a positive turnaround after dropping their prior four contests together.

Nestor, a four-time French Open champion, and Paes will take on No. 6-seeded Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarter-finals.

After a tough opening match, Pospisil and American Jack Sock won in more routine fashion on Friday 6-4, 6-4 over Swedish-Austrian pair Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer. The No. 2 seeds captured 81 per cent of their first serve points and earned one service break per set for the clean victory.

Pospisock’s next challengers will be Frenchmen Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, the No. 14-seeded team.

Nestor took to the court again later in the day for his first-round mixed doubles match with Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. The 2014 Australian Open and 2013 Wimbledon champions came back to defeat French pair Mathilde Johansson and Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

The No. 6 seeds’ second-round opponents will be Anastasia Rodionova of Australia and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq-Qureshi.