LONDON (Reuters) - Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic ensured Wimbledon was not all about the United States on Saturday with a tense doubles victory over Americans Bob and Mike Bryan.
In a match sandwiched between the singles and women’s doubles finals featuring sisters Venus and Serena Williams, Canada’s Nestor and Serbian Zimonjic beat the top seeded Bryan brothers 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-3 to retain the men’s doubles title.
“It is an amazing feeling to come again to defend the title and to go home undefeated with Danny here at SW19,” Zimonjic said shortly after the match.
“We came together to play as a team because we thought we had better chance of winning grand slams. We won two already, back-to-back Wimbledons is unbelievable,” Nestor, who reunited with Zimonjic in 2008 after first playing in 2001, added.
After splitting the first two sets, a superb Nestor forehand return in the third handed him and Zimonjic a chance for the lead, which they took when Bob sent his forehand long.
Nestor and Zimonjic broke the 2006 Wimbledon champions to go 2-0 up in the fourth before Zimonjic served two aces in the ninth game to seal victory in style.
“We feel fortunate to beat the Bryans today, they are great champions, they have won everything and they will be around for a long time,” Nestor said of the seven-times men’s doubles grand slam champions.
Zimonjic, who treated the lively crowd to his sweaty shirt after victory, and Nestor become the first pair to retain the Wimbledon men’s doubles title since Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge in 2004.
Editing by Pritha Sarkar