AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Nestor/Zimonjic Reach Semis; Butorac/Klaasen Extend Good Run
by ATP Staff|
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic are back in the Australian Open semi-finals after beating home hopes Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington 6-2, 7-6(1) on Tuesday night at Melbourne Park.
The Canadian/Serbian duo reformed this season, after playing their last full campaign in 2010, and are back in the last four in Melbourne for the first time in four years. With a combined age of 78, a total of 37 years older than their opponents, Nestor and Zimonjic converted two of their three break points to claim victory in 70 minutes.
Nestor and Zimonjic reached the Australian Open final in 2010 (l. to Bryans) and are bidding to win their first major title together since triumphing at Roland Garros, also in 2010.
Bolt and Whittington had put together a stellar run through to the semi-finals, knocking out third seeds and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in the second round.
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Nestor and Zimonjic go on to face Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, who backed up their victory over top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the third round by defeating 12th seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 6-4.
Last year’s Kuala Lumpur champions Butorac and Klaasen are through to their first major semi-final. They started the 2014 season with a semi-final showing in Auckland (l. to Knowle/Melo).