ROLAND GARROS 2011
Mirnyi-Nestor Edge Into Doubles Final; Cabal-Schwank Upset Bryans
by ATP Staff|
Nestor, who has won more than 800 doubles matches in his career, will be attempting to capture his seventh Grand Slam doubles championship in his 15th major final (6-8 overall). Nestor won last year's Roland Garros title with Zimonjic.
Mirnyi will be bidding to lift his fifth major doubles trophy in his ninth final (4-4 overall). He will be appearing in his first men's doubles final since the 2007 Australian Open (w/Bjorkman).
The 45-minute first set was decided on a tie-break, with Mirnyi and Nestor winning four straight points from 3-4.
Llodra dropped his serve to 30 to give Mirnyi and Nestor a 4-2 lead in the second set. But Llodra and Zimonjic responded. They broke Mirnyi's serve to 30 and Zimonjic then held to love for 4-4. Nestor saved three break points in the 24-point ninth game, winning it on his fifth game point.
The set was decided by another tie-break. Mirnyi and Nestor took an early lead, but were pinned back. Accurate serving from Nestor opened up a 5-3 lead en route to victory in one hour and 47 minutes.
Mirnyi and Nestor won 58 of 94 service points, hitting four aces. Llodra and Zimonjic converted two of six break point opportunities and won six more points overall (84-78).
Cabal and Schwank, playing their first tournament together as a team, were unable to convert one break point opportunity on Bob Bryan's serve at 2-2, 30/40. In the tie-break, they made their move at 3-3, winning four out of five points to wrap up the 46-minute opener.
The loss of the set fired the Bryan twins into action. They did not drop one point through the first three games. But their comeback was fleeting. Cabal and Schwank dug deep and reeled off six straight games for a famous victory.
Prior to Roland Garros, 25-year-old Cabal had won only one tour-level doubles match, a Davis Cup rubber for Colombia against Uruguay in March 2009, when he partnered Alejandro Falla to a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4 win over Ariel Behar and Marcel Felder.
American Scott Lipsky won his first Grand Slam title, partnerning Australian Casey Dellacqua to the mixed doubles crown. Lipsky and Dellacqua defeated No. 1 seeds and defending champions Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7. Zimonjic and Srebotnik were looking for their third title at Roland Garros, having triumphed in 2006 and 2010.
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