|Max Mirnyi of Belarus (L) and Daniel Nestor of Canada pose with their trophies after winning their men's doubles final against Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Thierry Roge)
Paris, France – The second-seeded duo of Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Canadian Daniel Nestor won the 2011 French Open men's doubles title Saturday.
Mirnyi and Nestor were 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4 winners against Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal and Argentine Eduardo Schwank, who knocked off the top-seeded Bryan brothers in the semifinals.
But Mirnyi and Nestor prevailed in the title match to claim their first Grand Slam doubles title as a pairing. They had also won the doubles title in Memphis in February.
"One thing we did well the whole tournament was keep fighting. And no matter what happened the point before, missed opportunity, missed easy shot, we just played the next point and blocked it out of our mind. That's why we're the champs," Nestor said.
Nestor picked up his seventh Grand Slam doubles title and third at Roland Garros. He won the crown last year with Serbian Nenad Zimonjic.
Mirnyi won his fifth major doubles crown and third at the French Open. He earned the French doubles title in 2005 and '06 with Jonas Bjorkman.
"I think any Grand Slam is a special win, but particularly for a new team it's a very important hump to get over," Mirnyi said. "We hope to maintain the level and hopefully get many more important wins."
Mirnyi and Nestor split $475,000 for the victory.