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Nestor/Zimonjic Edge Past Bryans For Rome Final Berth

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Nestor, Zimonjic© Getty ImagesNenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor reached the Rome doubles final on Saturday.

Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic reached their second straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles final on Saturday.

The sixth seeds and 2009 titlists defeated top seeds and three-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-6(3), 4-6, 12-10 in one hour and 39 minutes in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals.

Nestor and Zimonjic recovered from a 1-3 deficit to win the first set. The Canadian-Serbian team saved four of six break points against the Bryans, who struck 10 aces and dropped 10 points on their first serves.

Nestor and Zimonjic beat the Bryans 6-4, 6-2 in the Mutua Madrid Open final six days ago.

The 41-year-old Nestor has an 84-55 record in tour-level finals, while 37-year-old Zimonjic is 51-31 overall in title matches. In 2014, the duo also won the Apia Sydney International crown (d. Bopanna-Qureshi).

Nestor also lifted the Rome trophy in 1997 (w/Knowles). Zimonjic also took home the silverware in 2007 (w/Santoro).

The Bryan twins have won 98 tour-level titles as a team. The duo drop to a 32-5 match record this season.

Nestor and Zimonjic will challenge Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez in the Rome final, after the Dutch-Spanish duo defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-4.

Haase and Lopez are competing in their first tournament as a team. The Dutchman will be contesting his sixth tour-level doubles final (1-4), while the Spaniard is seeking his second crown in seven finals.

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