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.