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Jan 30, 2013 12:11am
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LONDON —Canadian Daniel Nestor and Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi were
eliminated in the group stage of the ATP World Tour Championships Friday, losing
to the Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (5), 6-7(5), 10-5.
Terrell Suggs Black Jersey . It was the first
time since 2009 that Nestor has failed to reach the semifinals at the
eight-team, year-end event. “Its definitely frustrating,, but it was not from a
lack of effort,” said Nestor. “We tried everything we had and left it all out
there. At the end of the day, we just didnt have enough.” Nestor, 40, and Mirnyi
ended their two-year partnership on a losing note, with Nestor set to team from
January with Bhupathi. The doubles ace from Toronto got a taste of what to
expect on court in 2013. The Indians dominated the second seeds 17 aces to two
—with their last one coming on match point in the tiebreak final set. Nestor
had played on the winning team in four of the last five editions of the tour
wrapup. He and Mirnyi won the title undefeated last year in their first season
together. Nestor and Mirnyi, the reigning French Open winners, were never truly
dominant against the underdogs with whom they stood 2-2 this season heading into
the playoff match. The contest was a one hour 53 minute struggle which ended
without a break of serve. But Nestor and Mirnyi went begging at break points,
missing on all seven of their chances while Bhupathi and Bopanna went 0-for-4.
“They returned well and made more big shots on big points than we did,” Nestor
said. “They had some outright clean winners and outplayed us today. “I missed a
couple of backhands on key points and a volley that I normally wouldnt miss. If
we had made any of those and gone up a set, who knows.” The first two sets each
lasted for almost an hour as the powerhouse teams attempted to impose
domination, The Indians saved break points in early service games but trailed
3-1 in the first-set tiebreaker before pulling ahead to seal the opening set.
Nestor and Mirnyi reversed their luck in the second set, winning that one in a
decider thanks to a winning Mirnyi lob. But the Indians ran away with the
match-tiebreak third, reaching five match points a