MASON – Daniel Nestor
will look to become the third player in the Open Era to win four doubles titles at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters when he pairs with Nenad Zimonjic
for Sunday’s final.
Nestor and Zimonjic, the No. 1 team in the world, will face defending champions Bob & Mike Bryan
in the final. It will be the seventh final to feature the first and second seeded teams in the Open Era, and the first since 2006.
In Saturday’s semifinal, Nestor & Zimonjic needed just 61 minutes to get past Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles
Ironically, it was with Knowles that Nestor claimed his previous three titles in Cincinnati, winning in 1996, 1998 and 2004.
Nestor owns the tournament record for match wins in the Open Era with 37. Mark Woodforde & Todd Woodbridge
are the only Open Era players to own four titles here.
This will be Zimonjic’s first appearance in the Cincinnati finals.
Together, Nestor & Zimonjic own six titles in 2009, including wins at Wimbledon at the ATP World Tour 1000 Masters events in Madrid, Monte Carlo and Rome.
The Bryans reached the final after a 0-6 6-4 10-4 win over Lukasz Kubot & Olivaer Marach
Kubot & Marach raced out of the gates, taking the first set 6-0 in just 20 minutes.
The set break did little to cool down the European duo, as they got off to a 2-0 lead in the second set.
Finally, the Bryans got on the scoreboard with a hold in the third game, and in the sixth game of the second set, they managed to get back on serve.
The California twins claimed the second set with a break of serve, and then won the first five points of the match tie-break to come away with the win.
This will be the fifth appearance in the finals for the Bryans, who won the title in both 2003 and 2008.