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Nestor/Zimonjic Begin Quest For Third Wimbledon Crown; Delgado Reaches Milestone

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic began their quest for a third Wimbledon doubles crown on Wednesday with a 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Italians Paolo Lorenzi and Andreas Seppi in the first round.

The Canadian-Serbian duo, who reunited at the beginning of 2014 after a three-year separation, have already added three ATP World Tour titles this season (Sydney, Madrid, Rome) to take their team’s haul to 27 trophies.

Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, the sixth seeds, needed five sets to overcome Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in two hours and 45 minutes.

Also advancing on Day 3 of The Championships were seventh seeds Robert Lindstedt and Lukasz Kubot, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 winners over Colombians Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez.

Lindstedt had partnered with Romanian Horia Tecau to reach three consecutive Wimbledon finals (2010-’12). This year, Tecau has linked up with Jean-Julien Rojer as the 11th-seeded team, beating Henri Kontinen and Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-6(4) in a first-round encounter. Rojer/Tecau enter the tournament on the heels of their title win at the Topshelf Open last week (d. Gonzalez/Lipsky).

Jamie Murray and John Peers, the 14th seeds, bested the British pairing of Daniel Evans and James Ward 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Murray and Peers, who claimed the Munich crown in April, finished runners-up to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares on the grass courts of the Aegon Championships two weeks ago.

Delgado Sets Tournament Record
Britain’s Jamie Delgado set a new record by playing in his 23rd consecutive Wimbledon. The 37-year-old Birmingham native partnered with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei and Divij Sharan of India 2-6, 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2. Delgado had previously shared this distinction of most consecutive Wimbledons played with Mark Knowles, who had played in 22 editions of The Championships until last year.

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