Wimbledon: Canada`s Daniel Nestor was eliminated at Wimbledon in the second round for a second straight year as he and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus were beaten 7-6 (7), 7-6 (9), 6-3 on Saturday.
The newly formed team of South African Kevin Anderson and Julien Knowle of Austria earned the victory over the second seeds as the challengers played only their fifth match and second tournament together.
Nestor won the Wimbledon title in 2008 and backed it up in 2009 with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.
The 38-year-old Toronto veteran and Mirnyi, who got together at the start of the season, claimed the French Open title this month and had hoped to match that result at the All England Club. They played into the Queen`s club semifinals in their only previous grass appearance earlier this month.
All three Saturday sets against Anderson and Knowle and were marathons, with the first two going to tiebreakers.
In the first, the big-hitting Anderson clinched it for his team on a ace. In the second, Nestor and Mirnyi saved two set points but missed on one of their own before an Anderson passing shot down the line gave the challengers a two-sets-to-love lead.
A break for 5-3 in the third put Anderson and Knowle in winning position.
But Knowle was unable to serve it out on his first two opportunities, with the Austrian double-faulting on the first while Mirnyi found a volley winner on the second. It ended on the third try as the challengers reached the third round.
Nestor`s loss was only the fourth time that one of his teams has exited in the first week at Wimbledon.
During his 1994 debut, he and American Mike Bauer lost in the first round. Nestor also went out at Wimbledon in the second round a decade ago; ironically to a team on which Mirnyi played.