Nestor/Roger-Vasselin Win First Team Title

Unseeded duo improves to 9-1

Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, playing in their second ATP World Tour event together, claimed the Cincinnati title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic. They will share 1000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and $226,350 while Matkowski/Zimonjic, who had also lost to the Canadian-French duo at the Rogers Cup last week, will split 600 points and $110,820.

The tandem made up for their loss in the final of Montreal last Sunday (l. to Bob and Mike Bryan) and improved to 9-1 as a team. The 42-year-old Nestor, a five-time champion in Cincinnati, moved to 88-56 in career finals and increased his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title haul to 28, third-most behind the Bryan brothers. It was a 10th title and a first Masters 1000 crown for his partner Roger-Vasselin.

“We’ve been playing really solid,” said Nestor. “Getting up an early break was good, and we were able to keep the pressure on them the entire time. Having a great partner helps.

“Edouard’s regular partner Julien Benneteau had been injured, so he asked me to play during the grass-court season,” added Nestor. “At the time I was committed to Leander Paes, so I told him if things aren’t going well, we’ll talk after Wimbledon. That’s how it happened and it’s worked out well.”

Nestor and Roger-Vasselin were nearly flawless during the 55-minute final. They did not face a break point and broke their opponents four times on nine opportunities. Zimonjic double-faulted twice on break points and conceded a third after being called for a hindrance by the umpire. The Serb and his Polish partner Matkowski only won nine per cent of points on the Nestor/Roger-Vasselin first serve, and 14 per cent of points on their second delivery.