Bopanna/Nestor Win First Title In Sydney
New pairing Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor head to Melbourne with confidence after claiming their first team title.
The third-seeded Indian/Canadian duo defeated second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6(5) in 86 minutes, converting three of their seven break point chances and winning 91 per cent of their first serve points.
"Since we started together this year, we've been working hard," said Bopanna, who played with Nestor on three occasions last year (1-3 record) before a first-round exit last week in Brisbane.
"Playing with a guy like Danny, with so much experience, I think it really helps my game. I just have to focus on my side of the court and that makes it much easier. Since he's been on the tour for such a long time, it helps me as a player. In these big matches, big moments, he keeps me relaxed and I can play my best tennis. That has helped us this week and I hope we can continue like that.
"I think we're a pretty strong team. If we play our best tennis, we can beat anybody out there. It's just a case of believing in ourselves and playing well. We go into Melbourne with a lot of confidence.
The 42-year-old Nestor captured his 86th tour-level title, the third most in the Open Era behind Mike Bryan (105) and Bob Bryan (103). The left-hander has won at least one tour-level title for the past 22 years, dating back to his first ATP World Tour crown in 1994 in Bogota with Mark Knowles.
"We played a few tournaments at the end of last year to prepare for this year as well as we could," said Nestor. "Things didn't go as well, but I think right now we're clicking. I enjoy playing with Rohan; he's a big hitter, he serves great and he's one of those guys that's really intimidating to play against. So I'd rather be on the same side as him!”
It is the fifth time that Nestor has triumphed in Sydney, while Bopanna made up for losing in the 2014 final with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, against Nestor, no less, to win the title for the first time. It marks the 34 year old’s 11th tour-level title.
Rojer and Tecau were contesting their 10th final together, having gone 8-1 in title matches in their first season together last year.