Can we call Daniel Nestor the duke of clay?
Winning the doubles title four times with three different partners, Nestor has long solidified his status as a permanent threat on the red dirt at Roland Garros, most notably winning the title three straight years from 2010-2012.
The partners, outfits and years might have changed, but the results didn’t.
After two appearances in the finals with partner Mark Knowles in 1998 and 2002, the pair finally got it done in 2007, defeating Czechs Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner.
Despite making the finals in 2008 with new partner Nenad Zimonjic, Nestor didn’t win the Jacques-Brugnon Cup again until 2010 when the Canadian and Serbian beat Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes – Nestor’s current partner!
From the thrill of victory…
To the agony of defeat… via hug.
Nestor didn’t have to wait long to do it again, winning with new partner Max Mirnyi in both 2011 and 2012.
In 2012, the defending champions and top seeds took out the Bryan brothers, giving Daniel a rare threepeat win at Roland Garros.
Maybe we’ll have a throwback final this year…