June 29, 2012
Raonic out of WimbledonNestor eliminated in men's doubles
By QMI Agency
The Canadian content at Wimbledon has been whittled down to one, and that's a token mixed-doubles appearance by Daniel Nestor.
What about Milos Raonic, Canada's top hope in men's singles and seeded 21st in the London Grand Slam? Ousted in the second round Friday by some guy from the U.S. named Sam Querrey, who also took down Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil in the first round.
And Nestor, who along with partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus were the top seeds in the men's doubles draw? Done as well, bounced from the second round by Italy's Daniele Bracciale and Julien Knowle of Austria.
So, yes, Nestor will stick around to play mixed doubles with German partner Julia Goerges. But other than that, the Can-Con is zilch.
Raonic, at least, got an extra day in London after having his match with 64th-ranked Querrey suspended Thursday with the score tied -- the first two sets were split and the third was even at 3-3 with the American serving. When play resumed, it was just as tight as it had been the night before but Querrey pulled out the 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8), 6-4 decision, in part because Raonic converted just one of five break-point opportunities.
"It's frustrating, I only stepped up when I was down and he was serving for it," Raonic said. "I had two set points in both of the tiebreaks I lost. I was just hoping for him to make errors.
"(Thursday) was tough but I thought today I could improve a lot of things. But I just didn't do it. I shanked a lot of balls and missed a lot."
Nestor and Mirnyi, meanwhile, were upset 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The two lost to Knowle and South African Kevin Anderson in last year's tournament.
"They were pretty good, just better in most aspects," Nestor said. "We had two break points early in the first set and we didn't do anything with them. They returned better, more happened when they were serving."
Nestor and Goerges are seeded eighth in the mixed doubles and will play either Mikhail Elgin of Russia and Galina Voskoboeva of Kazahkstan or Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Shuai Zhang of China.
If anyone cares.