No Three-Peat For Nestor
LONDON--Daniel Nestor's dream of a third straight Wimbledon title is over.
The Canadian doubles specialist and his Serbian teammate, Nenad Zimonjic, were shocked today in the second round by the unseeded and nearly unknown British pair of Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot in a five-set marathon.
Nestor and Zimonjic were the No. 1 seeds after winning this year's French Open and both the 2008 and 2009 Wimbledon doubles titles. But they struggled to get through a first round match against a British combo and were, for all intents and purposes, served off the court by Eaton and Inglot today.
Eaton, 494th in the world in singles and 176th in doubles, has no career titles in either and has been best known as a bit of a heartthrob. His partner, Inglot, was a star at the University of Virginia and is 591st in the world in singles and 204th in doubles.
So to say this was an upset would be putting it mildly.
The Eaton/Inglot combination got off to a quick start by winning the first and third sets, and looked headed for victory when they broke Zimonjic in the first game of the fifth set. Nestor and Zimonjic broke back, but Zimonjic finished off a miserable day - he was terrible on returns - by double-faulting away the 13th game of the fifth, and the Brits converted a second match point in the next game to eliminate the top seeds.