Inglot/Nestor Hold On For Nottingham Crown
Second seeds top Dodig/Melo after rain delay
Dominic Inglot and Daniel Nestor won their first team title with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the final of the Aegon Open Nottingham on Saturday. They unsuccessfully served for the match in the 10th game of the second set, but returned after a rain delay to secure the win in 80 minutes.
“We started a bit slowly, but we were able to stay in their service games. That let us bide our time,” Inglot said. “They don’t come much tougher than these guys, that’s for sure. To get a win against this caliber of a team before Wimbledon is a big boost. We did well to hang in there even after dropping the match points.”
“I think the rain actually helped us refocus,” Nestor said. “We were still in a good situation, and we came back out pretty strongly. Our opponents played well to get a second life. It was high-quality tennis. There is so little margin for error in the doubles game right now. Every match can be 50/50, but you can also beat anyone as well.”
The title was Inglot’s fifth and Nestor’s 89th, individually. The Canadian left-hander, who won his 1000th match in Sydney earlier this year, has won at least one tour-level doubles title since 1994. The 43 year old’s most recent title came at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati last year (w. Edouard Roger-Vasselin), with his most recent grass-court title dating back to 2012, when he won the Aegon Championships alongside Max Mirnyi. John McEnroe remains the oldest player to capture an ATP World Tour doubles title when he won San Jose as a 47 year old in 2006 (w/ Bjorkman). Inglot captured his lone previous grass title in Eastborne, partnering Treat Huey.
The British-Canadian duo saved three break points in their second service game of the match and went on a five-game run to lead by a set and a break. With their backs to the wall, Dodig/Melo made the most of the no-ad format of ATP World Tour doubles. They saved a championship point on their serve at 4-5, deuce, then broke at the same juncture of the following game with Inglot/Nestor serving for the match. Dodig/Melo held two set points in the 12th game, but Inglot/Nestor stemmed the tide and won the second-set tie-break in convincing manner.
Inglot/Nestor will share 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and €35,630, while Dodig/Melo will split 150 points and €18,730.