Playing in front of the home crowd at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, the 46-year-old Daniel Nestor has ended his marvelous career after 1550 doubles matches on the ATP Tour, competing since 1989 and performing in no less than 76 ties for the Canadain Davis Cup team since 1992! Together with Vasek Pospisil, Nestor suffered a 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 loss against Matwe Middelkoop and Jean-Julien Rojer in two hours and 34 minutes to keep the Netherlands in contention after Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov pushed Canada 2-0 in front on Friday.
This was the sixth straight loss for Daniel and he obviously made the right choice about retirement in front of the home crowd in Toronto since he won just six matches in 2018, unable to keep the pace with much older rival opponents, even for the doubles standards.
All four sets were decided with a single break and the Canadian were unable to keep the pace after winning the opening set, suffering three breaks from eight opportunities they gave to the Dutch squad. Nestor and Pospisil earned a break in the very first game of the match, the only one they managed to score in the entire match, and it was enough to give them the opening set 6-4 after a hold at 15 in game 10.
Middelkoop and Rojer responded with a break in the second game of the second set, saving two break points in the following game to secure the break and bring the set home with three easy holds for a 6-3. The third set was decided in the third game when Nestor suffered another break, allowing their rivals to move two sets to one ahead with two back-to-back holds at love.
The Canadians fought well in the fourth set but it wasn't to be for them, wasting two break points in games two and 10 and losing serve in the seventh game to give the crucial break to the rival's squad that brought the match home at 5-4 after saving a break point. Saturday's results: