There's no quit in Nestor

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Daniel Nestor vows he will be back in 2008.

Extinguishing any notions that he might hang up his sneakers by the time the Rogers Cup returns to Toronto in two years, Nestor said yesterday he has "no plans of retiring."

"I still enjoy playing and, as long as I'm still competitive, I'm going to keep doing it," Nestor, 33, said after he and partner Mark Knowles were eliminated in a semi-final of the doubles competition at the Rexall Centre yesterday.

"It's definitely special to play here in the place where you grew up. It's just disappointing because I just felt we gave too many points again today."

When the match finally was over, Nestor glanced up at the supportive fans, gave them a quick salute, then disappeared into the bowels of the glitzy home of Tennis Canada.

This was not the way he wanted his 2006 Rogers Cup to end.

Nestor, the lone Canadian remaining in the tournament, and Knowles, a native of the Bahamas, fought valiantly before dropping a heartbreaking match tiebreaker to American twins Bob and Mike Bryan, the world's top-ranked doubles tandem.

Having captured the 2000 doubles title in Toronto with then-partner Sebastien Lareau, Nestor's quest for glory on home soil died with a double fault that gave the Bryans a 6-3, 5-7 (6), 10-5 (5) tiebreak victory.

DISAPPOINTED CROWD

With Canadian flags sprinkled throughout the stands, the disappointed crowd watched the Bryan-Bryan tandem advance to the doubles final today against Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe. That duo defeated Leander Paes of India and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Nestor and Knowles, meanwhile, can only set their sights ahead toward the upcoming U.S. Open.

"You can't afford to beat yourselves in a tournament like this,"Nestor said. "It's very frustrating."


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