The Netherlands wins doubles to cut Canada’s lead to 2-1; Nestor hangs up his racquet after 29 years on Tour

published: Sep, 15, 2018

by: Nima Naderi

Daniel Nestor, the most decorated player in Canadian tennis history, played the final match of his illustrious career on Saturday. The 46-year-old played on the ATP World Tour for nearly three decades, capturing 91 titles, including eight Grand Slam trophies, along the way. The Canadian legend will be honoured during an on-court ceremony before Sunday’s singles matches which begin at 2 p.m. E.T.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted to. But it was very special to end my career in Toronto. I was very thrilled when I first found out that this tie was going to be played here. I was really looking forward to this match, it was an important one for me. I prepared well for it but my level is just not good enough anymore,” Nestor admitted.

“It was an honor for me to be on the court with him. I really wanted to win this match for him so I was very focused on all the little details in practice all week to make sure we had the best preparation possible, but they played well and we were a bit unfortunate at times. It’s been a fun ride playing with Daniel all these years. He became one of my best friends on tour, so I will really miss him,” Pospisil explained.

Daniel Nestor’s career by the numbers
29 years on the ATP World Tour
91 titles, 8 being Grand Slam titles
1 Olympic Gold medal
1+ title in 23 straight seasons (1994-2016)
Wins in 38 different countries and with 43 different partners
1 of only 6 players with more than 1,000 wins on the ATP

He holds many Davis Cup records for Canada
– Most wins (48)
– Most doubles wins (33)
– Most ties played (52)
– Most year played (25)

RAONIC VS. DE HAASE – This will be their second meeting. Raonic leads 1-0.

RAONIC HAASE
27 years old 31 years old
World no. 20 World no. 44
Career-high: world no. 3 (November 2016) Career-high: world no. 33 (July 2012)
12th Davis Cup tie 22nd Davis Cup tie
Davis Cup record: 17-6 Davis Cup record: 34-22

SHAPOVALOV VS. DE BAKKER – This will be their first meeting

SHAPOVALOV DE BAKKER
19 years old 27 years old
World no. 34 World no. 236
Career-high: world no. 23
(Juin 2018)
Career-high: world no. 40
(Juillet 2010)
5th Davis Cup tie 21st Davis Cup tie
Davis Cup record: 5-3 Davis Cup record: 18-16

Match Schedule

Davis Cup World Group play-off tie
Canada vs. Netherlands
September 14-16, 2018
Coca-Cola Coliseum
Score: 2-1

Date Match Result
Friday, September 14 First singles match Raonic b. de Bakker 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Friday, September 14 Second singles match Shapovalov d. Haase 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Saturday, September 15 Doubles match Middelkoop/Rojer d. Nestor/Pospisil 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Sunday, September 16 Third singles match Raonic vs Haase
Sunday, September 16 Fourth singles match Shapovalov vs de Bakker

The matches will be broadcast on Sportsnet.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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