Nestor advance to final at Wimbledon tuneup

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

LONDON — Daniel Nestor and Serb Nenad Zimonjic buried memories of last week’s loss in the French Open final as they moved into the title match on grass at Queen’s Club on Saturday.

The second-seeded Canadian and his partner blasted past Czech Frantisek Cermak and Australian Jordan Kerr 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), a win that comes seven days after losing at Roland Garros to unseeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Luis Horna of Peru.

They will face the winner from sixth-seeded Max Mirnyi and Jamie Murray versus Americans Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram.

Nestor and his new partner will be playing in their fifth final of the season after only forming last last year.

“We’re 1-3 in finals so far,” said Nestor, a Toronto native who holds 51 doubles titles. “We want to start doing better than that.

“And we certainly want to play better than in Paris, that’s for sure.”

Nestor, 35, lifted the opening set in west London in 30 minutes against Cermak and Kerr, playing their seventh event together since hooking up at the start of 2008.

The second set was all about serve, with Zimonjic firing a service winner in the tiebreaker for match point and Kerr ending the afternoon with a return error after 68 minutes.

Nestor and Zimonjic struck six aces, saving both break points they faced.

The transition from the disappointment in Paris to the grass of London was nearly instantaneous, says Nestor.

“It was a tough loss to get over,” he admitted. “But it’s sometimes better when you know you didn’t have a chance. We weren’t able to ask ‘what if, what if.’ You start thinking about what you could have done.

“But those guys had an unbelievable week and played great, especially in the final. It was a match where we never had any chances at all.”

Nestor and Zimonjic won their first-round match against Australians Paul Hanley and Todd Perry, a victory that Nestor believes was key to reaching the finals.

“Getting through that one is tough, since there’s always an adjustment, going from slow surface to quick surface.

“Nenad played well in first match and I started playing better also. We’ve done well as a team this week.”

Nestor won Queen’s in 2007 over the American Bryan brothers alongside Mark Knowles. That former team also played finals at the pre-Wimbledon warmup in 2004 and 2006.


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