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Nestor Reaches 900 Match Wins

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Nestor, Paes© FRED MULLANE / CAMERAWORK USA, INC.Daniel Nestor records his 900th doubles win.

Daniel Nestor became the first doubles player to reach the 900 match wins milestone, as he teamed up with fellow 40 year old Leander Paes for a 6-4, 6-4 win over Paul Hanley and John Peers on Wednesday night in the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals.

“It’s obviously special being able to play as long as I have and fortunately winning a lot,” said the Canadian. “I always had great partners, and it’s nice to share this moment with another great player in doubles over the years. It’s a special evening.” 

Nestor, who made his ATP World Tour debut as a 16 year old, has compiled a 900-358 match record and 80 titles over his illustrious career. He notched his first win in 1993 in Auckland, alongside Sebastien Lareau

Four players have reached the milestone in singles action:  Jimmy Connors (1253), Ivan Lendl (1071), Guillermo Vilas (929) and Roger Federer (910).

Nestor and Paes are playing together for just the second time, after making their partnership debut in 1994 at The Queen’s Club. The top seeds next face the wild card pairing of Eric Butorac and Frederik Nielsen, who ousted third-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 7-6(5), 6-3.

In the other semi-final, Germans Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich will face Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot.

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