TORONTO - Somewhat lost in the shuffle of the Milos Raonic craze this week in Toronto has been the play of veteran Daniel Nestor who is competing with Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles bracket at this year's Rogers Cup. On Friday, the Canadian and the Serbian roared back to defeat the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 2-6, 6-3, 14-12 in a match that lasted one hour and 23 minutes.
While Milos Raonic may be the lone Canadian left in the singles bracket in Toronto this week, Daniel Nestor is, in many ways, the pioneer of Canadian tennis.
From eight Grand Slam doubles titles to an Olympic gold medal (Sydney, 2000) to winning the Rogers Cup (with Zimonjic) in 2008, Nestor has seen and lived it all. And while he turns 42 next month, there doesn't seem to be anything slowing the veteran down.
2014 has already marked a successful campaign for Nestor who won with Zimonjic at tournaments in Madrid and Rome, but not before kicking off the year with a Mixed Doubles title at the Australian Open with Kristina Mladenovic of France. Another championship win in his hometown would not only strengthen Nestor's year but it would give him just a bit more frosting on his proverbial cake.
So, while Canadian tennis fans will admit that Milos Raonic's run is a priority at this week's Rogers Cup, no one can ignore the impact that the old warhorse has on Canadian tennis - and it is on full display this week.
Awaiting Nestor and Zimonjic in the semi-finals is the second-seeded duo of Alexander Peya (Austria) and Bruno Soares (Brazil). The semi-final matchup will take place on Saturday.
It promises to be a great weekend of what has already been an exciting Rogers Cup.