AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Nestor Triumphs In Melbourne Mixed Doubles
by ATP Staff|
Daniel Nestor won his fourth Grand Slam mixed doubles title on Sunday in Melbourne as he and Kristina Mladenovic captured the Australian Open crown. The Canadian/French duo defeated Horia Tecau and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-2 in 58 minutes.
It is Nestor’s third mixed doubles crown at Melbourne Park, having previously triumphed in 2007 with Elena Likhovtseva and in 2011 with Katarina Srebotnik. He and Mladenovic enjoyed Grand Slam success for the second time, having prevailed at Wimbledon last year (d. Soares/Raymond).
"I always tell my friends my best chance of winning Grand Slams nowadays are in mixed," joked eight-time men’s doubles Grand Slam champion Nestor. "But obviously I'd still like to win men's doubles titles, too. I think I have a good partner in that, too. I just think this is the best chance, but I'll keep playing both and hopefully good will come out of it."
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It has been a very successful Australian Open campaign for the 41-year-old Nestor, who also reached the men’s doubles semi-finals with Nenad Zimonjic.
The 29-year-old Tecau was chasing his second Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, having won with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the 2012 final.
"Horia is a very good player, very solid player," said Nestor. "But there's things he doesn't like to do as well. I think we did a good job of returning his serve, putting some pressure on him. Maybe he lost a little bit of confidence. He probably didn't return as well as he normally does today.
"I think the way we've been playing, there wasn't that much to change. Especially this tournament, we've been in control most of the matches."
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