We were introduced with an intense heat wave, stay tuned for Eugenie Bouchard's run to the semis and now we witnessed a prophetic ending for the Canadian contingent at the 2014 Australian Open.
While it certainly doesn't garner the same level of attention the singles bracket does, the mixed doubles arguably showcases the greatest display of teamwork in tennis, even more so than the doubles brackets devoted exclusively to men and women respectively. On Sunday, Toronto native Daniel Nestor and his partner, Kristina Mladenovic of France, showed everyone just that: a wonderful display of teamwork.
Nestor and Mladenovic entered Sunday's final matched up against India's Sania Mirza and Romania's Horia Tecau. For those who thought Nestor and his partner would have any trouble were sorely mistaken as the duo took just 58 minutes to defeat Mirza and Tecau: 6-3, 6-2.
For Nestor, this is his fourth Grand Slam title in the mixed doubles bracket and second with Mladenovic - both of which coming within three Slams of each other. After being runners up at Rolland Garros eight months ago, the Canadian and the Frenchwoman avenged themselves by winning at Wimbledon now start 2014 off with a bang.
En route to their victory, Nestor and Mladenovic had five aces, 14 winners, 24 unforced errors and four breaks of serve.
"We've been playing our best tennis here," Nestor told reporters after the match. "It's great to win this title.
"I have what I believe is the best partner in mixed. Kristina helps me out and I have to cover less of the court -- that's good at my age."
And that age is 41.
While Nestor is still going strong in his forties, one can only wonder just how much the veteran has left in the tank. Of course, there's no need for concern as if the Torontonian were to hang up his shoes for good tomorrow, he'd most definitely walk away from tennis as arguably the most decorated Canadian to ever play the sport.
From here, Daniel Nestor will travel to Tokyo where he will play in a Davis Cup tie against host Japan.
Congratulations to both Nestor and Mladenovic on their victory and, just as important, congratulations to entire Canadian contingent these last couple of weeks. They all made their country very proud in Melbourne.