Nestor lauds golden partnership with Mirnyi

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

TORONTO - So, Daniel Nestor, whose is bigger, yours or that of your doubles partner, Max Mirnyi?

Hey, hey, hey, people, enough of that. We're talking about Olympic gold medals here.

With both players now in possession of a gold from the Games -- Nestor won the men's doubles in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics while Mirnyi teamed up with Victoria Azarenka to win the mixed in London last week -- the question had to be asked.

"I heard the medals now are 33% bigger so I'm kind of embarrassed to bring mine out," Nestor said with a smile. "I'll leave mine in the safety deposit box."

Medal envy aside, Nestor is happy his Belarusian partner showed up Tuesday at the Rexall Centre.

The Canadian star was worried Mirnyi would hang around London to soak up more of the, uh, Olympic experience or head home to Belarus for a few days of partying instead of playing in the Rogers Cup, Nestor's hometown tourney.

"Honestly, I was worried after he won the gold medal that he was going to send me a note saying, 'Listen, I have to go back to Belarus and celebrate or do some event,' " Nestor said. "I'm happy he came. He's a very motivated guy, too, one of the ultimate professionals on the tour.

"He's a great player and I'm very fortunate to have him as my partner. He's playing well and hopefully we can have a good week here."

And if not, there's probably a party going on somewhere in Belarus.


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