Nestor/Zimonjic Reach Final; Ferrero Ends Career
ATP World Tour 2012 Season - Week 43
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic fired 10 aces and broke serve twice as they reached the Swiss Indoors Basel final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak on Saturday.
The Canadian/Serbian duo have reunited this week for the first time since finishing their full-time partnership with victory at the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They are looking to win the Basel title together for the second time after victory in 2009 (d. Bryans).
On Sunday, Nestor and Zimonjic will face Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot, who reached their third ATP World Tour final of the season as they upset fourth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6(5), 7-5. The Filipino/British duo saved nine of the 10 break points they faced to clinch victory in 87 minutes.
Huey and Inglot won their first team title at the Citi Open in Washington D.C., in August (d. Anderson/Querrey), having finished runners-up earlier in the season at the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston (l. to Blake/Querrey).
Fyrstenberg and Matkowski, known as the ‘Polish Power’, are hoping to clinch one of the last two places at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They were runners-up at the eight-team year-end championships in London last year (l. to Mirnyi/Nestor).
The Austrian/Brazilian pair served for the match up 5-4 in the second set, before Ferrer and Ferrero dug in to get the set back on serve. But the in-form Peya and Soares surged ahead in the tie-break to claim victory in 70 minutes.
Peya and Soares have won 11 of their past 12 matches together, following triumphs in Kuala Lumpur (d. Fleming/Hutchins) and Tokyo (d. Paes/Stepanek). Soares is coming off a title in Stockholm with compatriot Marcelo Melo. For the trophy, Peya and Soares will face another Spanish tandem, David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco.
The home duo advanced to the final with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. Marrero and Verdasco are chasing their fifth title of the season after winning clay-court crowns in Hamburg (d. Munoz-de la Nava/Dutra Silva), Umag (d. Granollers/Lopez), Acapulco (d. Granollers/Lopez) and Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak/Sa).