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Nestor Wins 80th Doubles Trophy; Partners Zimonjic To Basel Crown

Basel, Switzerland

Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic won their second Swiss Indoors Basel title on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-5 victory over Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot in one hour and 35 minutes.

Nestor becomes the fourth player in ATP World Tour history (since 1973) to capture 80 doubles titles (80-51). Only Bob Bryan (82), Todd Woodbridge (83) and all-time leader Mike Bryan (84) have won more team trophies.

"It feels good to reach the milestone," said Nestor. "It’s nice to win again, as Max [Mirnyi] and I have struggled a little bit. I started playing well again this week, so hopefully we can finish strong in Paris and London.

"Playing with Nenad is always fun, we’ve had a lot of success together. He is one of the best on tour. It is always nice being on the same side as him. He played great, hitting a lot of big serves when we needed them. We both played well when we need to. It was a very close match and it was the difference of one or two points."

Nestor and Zimonjic, who were teaming up for the first time since clinching the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi), split €99,820 in prize money and earned 500 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points, while Huey and Inglot share €45,040 and won 300 points.

Nestor, who has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with Max Mirnyi, also won the Basel title with Mark Knowles in 2003 and 2006. He was also runner-up in 2002 (w/Knowles), 2010 (w/Zimonjic) and last year (w/Mirnyi). Zimonjic was contesting his fourth straight Basel final (3-1), winning last year with Michael Llodra.

"You always like the tournaments where you play your best," said Zimonjic. "I was very lucky to be in four finals, winning three here. It is one of the nicest indoor tournaments we have. A good friend of mine lives here, so it is quite easy to convince me to come back."

When asked what it was like to play with Nestor again, Zimonjic admitted, "I felt like we played one week ago. We didn’t have to adjust almost anything. We played two or three training sets at the beginning of the week. We actually played against them twice here. Both times it was close matches, so it was amazing to play them in the final. At the end we were a little bit lucky, but we played some good shots on the big points. I am happy to win another title after a tough season for me."

Huey and Inglot defeated fourth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the semi-finals. They were appearing in their third ATP World Tour final of the season. They were finalists at the US Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston (l. to Blake-Querrey) and won the Citi Open at Washington in August (d. Anderson-Querrey). 

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