THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Nestor/Mladenovic Win Mixed Doubles Crown
by ATP Staff|
Eighth seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic came from a set down to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown on Sunday, defeating top seeds Bruno Soares and Lisa Raymond 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 on Centre Court.
Nestor and Mladenovic saved two match points on Mladenovic’s serve at 5-6 in the third set before breaking Soares in the following game and serving out victory. The Canadian and the Frenchwoman were playing together for the second time after finishing runners-up at Roland Garros one month ago (l. to Cermak/Hradecka).
"I like playing with girls that hit big and are aggressive because I'm pretty slow," said Nestor. "I'm not going to be the one covering more than half the court, which happens sometimes in mixed doubles.
"I'm fortunate to play with someone that can more than do her share. She's a great player. She's going to be one of the top singles players eventually. Right now I'm catching her while she's maybe not winning four or five matches in singles. She's winning two or three, so hopefully that will change for her."
The 40-year-old Nestor won his third mixed doubles Grand Slam title. He previously triumphed at the Australian Open in 2007 (w/ Likhovtseva) and 2011 (w/ Srebotnik).