MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Bryans To Clash With Nestor/Zimonjic For Madrid Crown
by ATP Staff|
The American twins extended their winning streak to 24 straight with a 7-6(3), 7-5 semi-final victory over David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. A defeat of Nestor and Zimonjic would give the five-time Madrid champions (2006-07, ‘10-11, ‘13) their 99th team crown.
The Bryans, who are riding title runs on the hard courts of Delray Beach, Indian Wells and Miami, as well as the clay of Houston and Monte-Carlo, will vie for their 30th trophy at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.
Standing opposite the Bryans in the title match will be the sixth-seeded tandem of Nestor and Zimonjic, who needed 84 minutes to dispatch the ‘Colombian Power’ of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, 7-5, 6-4.
The Canadian/Serbian duo won two of 14 break points to earn a spot in their 39th final as a team. Champions in Sydney to open the year, they previously lifted the Madrid trophy in 2009.
Nestor, who also prevailed in the Spanish capital in 2002, ‘04 and ‘05 alongside Mark Knowles, is looking to ascend to the third position in the all-time doubles titles list with 84, breaking a tie with Todd Woodbridge. On Thursday, Zimonjic joined the 600 match-wins club with victory over last year’s runners-up Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
Nestor and Zimonjic are 8-6 in tour-level finals against the Bryans.