The men’s French Open doubles title fell to World No. 1s Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi who beat American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4. It was Nestor-Mirnyi’s second Slam together following their Paris win a year earlier.
“Unbelievable. It’s a great feeling,” said Nestor. “It might have been not the best match by some of us on the court today, including myself and definitely them. But Max was very solid from start to finish. He played great. He carried us. That was important today.
“Regardless of the fact, a slam is a slam and to beat the best team probably of all time in the finals is a good feeling.”
The 39-year-old Nestor picked up his 8th career Slam doubles title, for Mirnyi it was his sixth. For each it marked their fourth career French crown, third straight for Nestor.
“A lot of that had to do with singles being definitely more stressful than doubles,” Nestor commented his longevity. “Again, it’s doubles. It’s half the court, you know. It’s not physically that demanding. I think it’s possible for people in their 40s to keep playing.”
Both winners do have singles victories over former French Open singles champions. Nestor beat Gustavo Kuerten at Davis Cup and Mirnyi has a career win over Roger Federer, though Roger hadn’t won the French at the time of meeting.
The Bryan twins were seeking their first French Open title since their maiden Slam in Paris of 2003.
“Today just wasn’t our day,” said Bob Bryan. “They came out aggressive and hit some good shots. I was a little bit cold and heavy at the beginning and maybe it caught us a little bit off guard. It’s disappointing because we had been playing some really good ball. But they hit some great serves when they needed it.”
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