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Daniel Nestor becomes the first doubles player in ATP World Tour history to record 1,000 doubles match wins.

Nestor Records 1,000th Doubles Match Win

ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to Daniel Nestor's 1,000 doubles match wins achievement.

Only three singles players – Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer – have passed the 1,000 match wins milestone in the 44-year history of the ATP World Tour. Today, Daniel Nestor, 43 years young, is the first player to get 1,000 doubles wins.

The cut and thrust nature of professional doubles does not lend itself to patience, so when a team experiences a string of losses morale inevitably suffers and each player begins to look elsewhere. So it is incredible that over the past 23 seasons, the Canadian has won matches with 33 partners – from his very first victory with Sebastian Lareau at Auckland in January 1993 to today’s win with Marcelo Melo in the Apia International Sydney first round.

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Nestor has ranked among the finest doubles players for the past 20 years, a product of his dedication, commitment, longevity and, most importantly, desire to adapt and evolve. In 15 of the past 20 seasons, he has been among the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings – including two year-end No. 1 finishes in 2004 and 2008.

“When I first started playing with Mark Knowles [in 1995] that was my best season and when I felt I was a top player,” Nestor told ATPWorldTour.com. “It was kind of sporadic. I'd had big wins with Sebastian Lareau, some good tournaments but confidence wise it took longer in singles than in doubles. When I played against the best players I felt confident immediately.”

His greatest success has come with four partners: Knowles (464 wins, 40 titles, including three majors); Nenad Zimonjic (227 wins, 27 titles, including three majors); Max Mirnyi (90 wins, eight titles, including two majors) and his compatriot Lareau (60 wins, five titles, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medal). He has lifted 88 doubles titles overall – third in the all-time list.

“It’s an incredible achievement,” Knowles told ATPWorldTour.com. “He has had a remarkably long career and has been able to achieve tremendous success throughout. I was fortunate to be on the same side of the net with Daniel for so many of those victories. He continues to adapt to a changing environment and finds motivation where others might not. One thousand wins is nothing short of spectacular. Congratulations!"

Laconic and laid back, with a sharp sense of humour, Nestor has never taken himself too seriously. But the stress to remain among the elite takes its toll. “I am competitive, I have always felt the losses more than enjoyed the wins,” said Nestor.

“You have these tough losses that you deem are far worse, if you deem to get better. I have tried to be the best I can be. I have regrets in singles, but in doubles, I have felt I have done everything that I could. It takes a lot out of you, the stress. I'm one of the guys who is a perfectionist, so little things bother me. When I haven't played so well at big tournaments it can lead to fatigue later in tournaments.”

Nestor has never possessed a big weapon: a devastating serve or blistering forehand, like so many in the modern era, yet his all-round game has been consistently spectacular. Only in humid conditions does his body react, as he experienced with Knowles en route to the 2002 Rogers Cup final. “I have had to work the most on my physical strength as my fitness and footwork was always an issue,” said Nestor. “So I’ve always worked hard off-court, rather than tennis stuff.”

“His longevity is pretty amazing,” Mike Bryan told ATPWorldTour.com. “He’s been one of the top players in the world for so long and he’s the only guy to beat us 25 plus times. We hate playing the guy; he makes life tough. He’s one of the most talented players to ever play the game of doubles – his slinky lefty serve, his hands around the net, great return, great athlete and he’s still playing at age 43.” Bob Bryan told ATPWorldTour.com, “He will be in the Hall of Fame soon, it’s an incredible career. We congratulate him on all he’s done for the sport of tennis and for doubles.”

“It’s amazing that he still plays at a really high level, and to get to 1,000 wins is something that very few guys will achieve in their careers,” Zimonjic told ATPWorldTour.com. “He’s won pretty much everything, a legend of our sport. He’s an example to the rest of us that if you stay professional, if you still enjoy it, if you love the game you can try to keep playing longer. I’m really, really happy for him.”

In May last year, Nestor was sure that Mike Bryan (970 wins) or Bob Bryan (956) would achieve the match wins milestone before him. He never expected to play tour-level events for 28 years, and five years after indicating his desire to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he keeps mixing it with the world’s best. Today, he assured himself of sporting immortality.

DANIEL NESTOR - BY THE NUMBERS (As of 11 January 2016)

NESTOR'S MATCH WINS AND TITLES BY PARTNER

Rank
Player
Wins
Titles
Majors
1
Mark Knowles
464
40
3
2
Nenad Zimonjic
227
27
3
3
Max Mirnyi
90
8
2
4
Sebastien Lareau
60
5
-
5
Sandon Stolle
22
2
-
6
Edouard Roger-Vasselin
19
1
-
7
Frederic Niemeyer
14
-
-
8T
Robert Lindstedt
13
-
-
8T
Leander Paes
13
1
-
10
Rohan Bopanna
12
2
-
11
Vasek Pospisil
8
-
-
12T
Grant Connell
6
-
-
12T
Kevin Ullyett
6
1
-
14T
Mahesh Bhupathi
5
-
-
14T
Paul Haarhuis
5
-
-
16T
Mariusz Fyrstenberg
4
1
-
16T
Julian Knowle
4
-
-
16T
Lukasz Kubot
4
-
-
16T
Alex O'Brien
4
-
-
20T
Frank Dancevic
3
-
-
20T
Jacco Eltingh
3
-
-
20T
Anders Jarryd
3
-
-
24T
Wayne Black
2
-
-
24T
Justin Gimelstob
1
-
-
24T
Simon Larose
1
-
-
24T
Brian MacPhie
1
-
-
24T
Marcelo Melo
1
-
-
24T
Alexander Peya
1
-
-
24T
Milos Roanic
1
-
-
24T
Jocelyn Robichaud
1
-
-
24T
Greg Rusedski
1
-
-
24T
Adil Shamasdin
1
-
-
24T
Cyril Suk
1
-
-
Total
33 Partners With Wins
1,000
88
8

1,000 MATCH WINS CLUB

Rank
Player
Event
Wins
Titles
Majors
1
Jimmy Connors
Singles
1,254
109
8
2
Ivan Lendl
Singles
1,071
94
8
3
Roger Federer
Singles
1,062
88
17
4
Daniel Nestor
Doubles
1,000
88
8

MOST DOUBLES MATCH WINS

Rank
Player
Wins
Titles
Majors
1
Daniel Nestor
1,000
88
8
2
Mike Bryan
970
111
16
3
Bob Bryan
956
109
16
4
Todd Woodbridge
782
83
16
5
Mark Knowles
744
55
3

NESTOR'S MATCH WINS AND TITLES BY COUNTRY

Rank
Player
Wins
Titles
Majors
1
United States
256
40
1
2
France
123
7
4
3
Great Britain
111
8
2
4
Australia
108
9
1
5
Canada
61
2
-
6
Spain
59
9
-
7
Italy
35
4
-
8 China
32
4
-
9 Germany
31
4
-
10 Switzerland
29
4
-
11T Netherlands 22
2
-
11T United Arab Emirates 22
2
-
13T Monaco 20
2
-
13T Qatar 20
2
-
14 Austria 18
2
-
15 Russia 11
2
-
16 Sweden 7 1
-
17 Colombia 6
1
-
18T Hong Kong 5
-
-
18T Mexico 5
1
-
20 Japan 4
1
-
21T Eduador 2
-
-
21T New Zealand 2
-
-
21T Singapore
2
-
-
24T Bahamas
1
-
-
24T Greece
1
-
-
24T Haiti
1
-
-
24T India
1
-
-
24T Israel
1
-
-
24T Peru
1
-
-
24T Romania
1
-
-
24T Serbia
1
-
-
24T Venezuela
1
-
-
Total
33 Countries With Wins
1,000
88
8

NESTOR'S DOUBLES MATCH WINS MILESTONES

Rank
Partner
Opponents
Tournament Round
Score
1
Sebastien Lareau
Eisenman/Mercer
1993 Auckland 1R
57 76 76
100
Mark Knowles
Ferreira/Muller
1997 Indian Wells 2R*
75 63
200
Max Mirnyi
Adams/de Jager
2000 Hamburg 1R
64 76
300
Mark Knowles
Eagle/Stolle
2002 Indian Wells QF*
64 62
400
Mark Knowles
Arnold Ker/Hood
2003 Basel F*
64 62
500
Mark Knowles
Almagro/Robredo
2005 Vienna QF*
63 61
600
Mark Knowles
Berdych/Kiefer
2007 Montreal 2R
63 64
700
Nenad Zimonjic
Delgado/Marray
2009 Wimbledon 3R*
75 64 64
800
Max Mirnyi
Monfils/Ouanna
2011 Roland Garros 1R*
75 63
900
Leander Paes
Hanley/Peers
2013 Winston-Salem QF*
64 64
1,000
Marcelo Melo
Chardy/Paes
2016 Sydney 1R
64 64

* indicates went on to win the title

NESTOR'S MATCH WINS BY YEAR

Year
Wins
Titles
Majors
2016
1
0
-
2015
41
3
-
2014
48
4 -
2013
33
1 -
2012
47
5 1
2011
49
4 1
2010
58
7 1
2009
58
9 1
2008
49
5 1
2007
55
4 1
2006
50
5 -
2005
43
4 -
2004
63
5 1
2003
58
6 -
2002
67
6 -
2001
40
4 1
2000
41
4 -
1999
31
2 -
1998
45
2 -
1997
32
2 -
1996
34
4 -
1995
35
1 -
1994
15
1 -
1993
7
- -
Total
1,000
88
8

Statistical assistance courtesy of Graham Edgar, Josh Rey and Greg Sharko