Nestor, Canada's last hope, loses doubles semifinal at Rogers Cup

Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares play against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic as they play doubles...

Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares play against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic as they play doubles at The Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Saturday August 9, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

Canada's representation at the Rogers Cup is officially down to zero.

One day after Thornhill's Milos Raonic was eliminated from contention following a quarterfinal-round loss, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia fell to defending Rogers Cup champions Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, losing their doubles semifinal 4-6, 6-7 (8).

Nestor, 41, was competing in his 26th Rogers Cup and was seeking his third title at the Canadian event — the last one coming with Zimonjic in 2008 — but the duo's No. 2-seeded opponents proved too much for the Canadian doubles legend and his partner, seeded third here in Toronto.

"This is how it has been pretty much the whole year. A couple points here or there," said Nestor, an eight-time Grand Slam champion in doubles. "We fought hard, but they were just a little more consistent than we were and they played the big points a little bit better. They deserved to win."

Nestor said his health will dictate whether he returns for the Toronto event in 2016.

"Right now, I'm feeling good and healthy," he said. "It depends on health, for sure."

Peya and Soares will try to defend their title against Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil on Sunday afternoon.

 

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