Despite bowing out in the men's doubles bracket, Canadian Daniel Nestor still had some unfinished business on his hands down under. The 41-year-old was hoping to reach the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open for the third time in his career - and that's just hee and partner Kristina Mladenovic of France did, advancing to Sunday's final.
It took just the Torontonian and his partner 55 minutes to defeat China's Zheng Lie and American Scott Lipsky 6-3, 6-1.
While the match did last under an hour, it took 25 minutes for the 41-year-old Nestor and his partner to take the opening set. But once he and Mladenovic drew first blood, the duo cruised to an easy win after the second- and match-clinching set.
Nestor and Mladenovic won their match with four breaks of serve, 17 winners and just eight unforced errors.
Awaiting the pair in Sunday's final will be the team of India's Sania Mirza and Romanian Horia Tecau who went the distance in their semi-final matchup. Facing the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Edben, Mirza and Tecau lost their opening set 2-6 before winning 6-2 and 10-2 in the tiebreak.
Heading into Sunday, Nestor will be aiming for his fourth mixed title and just his second with Mladenovic. The pair first won the mixed crown at last summer's Wimbledon, avenging themselves after losing in the final at the French Open just a couple of months earlier.
While it may not be in the capacity that Canadian tennis fans primarily asked for, it is nonetheless great to see Canadian contingent playing on the final day of the Australian Open. Assuming it hasn't already with Eugenie Bouchard's thrilling run to the semis, Daniel Nestor's appearance in the mixed doubles final should certainly pose as a bright spot for the state of Canadian tennis.