TORONTO - After Milos Raonic was eliminated on Friday, Canadian hopes fell squarely on the shoulders of Daniel Nestor as he and partner Nenad Zimonjic entered Saturday with a berth to the Rogers Cup final on the line. Unfortunately, it was not to be for the Canadian and the Serbian as they fell to the defending Rogers Cup champions, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-7 (8).
This week marked Daniel Nestor's 26th Rogers Cup as he was seeking his third title at the event - and second with Zimonjic. Peya and Soares, however, had other plans as they were simply too powerful on this day, advancing to their second-straight Rogers Cup final where they will face the duo of Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Brazil's Marcelo Melo on Sunday.
Following the loss, Daniel Nestor gave his take on what happened:
"This is how it has been pretty much the whole year. A couple points here or there," said Nestor. "We fought hard, but they were just a little more consistent than we were and they played the big points a little bit better. They deserved to win."
For Nestor, he will now prepare for the US Open at month's end where he vies to capture his ninth Grand Slam in doubles. Whether he will be back in Toronto for the Rogers Cup in 2016, the Canadian veteran said it would depend on his health.
"Right now, I'm feeling good and healthy," he said. "It depends on health, for sure."
Sadly for the hometown fans, they won't have the opportunity to see any of their countrymen participate on the final day of competition. But still, it was a heck of a ride.