Canadian was vying for his third title of the season
Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi fell in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for the second consecutive year on Saturday, falling to Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic 3-6, 6-1, 10-8.
The No. 2-seeded Nestor and Mirnyi started strongly, as they did not face a break point in the first set while holding down a 94 per cent first serve winning percentage. The second set was a different story though as No. 7 Paes and Stepanek, who eliminated the top-ranked team of Bob and Mike Bryan in the semifinals, were able to break twice. In the match tiebreak, two double faults were the difference.
Last year, the Canadian-Belarusian pair also lost in the championship match to Paes and his then-partner Mahesh Bhupathi after winning the first set. Nestor and Mirnyi earlier exacted revenge on Bhupathi for the defeat, beating him and Rohan Bopanna in the semifinals on Thursday, but were unable to do the same to Paes.
The loss drops Nestor’s record in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals to 25-13. In 2012 so far, Nestor and Mirnyi have now played in three finals, winning titles at Brisbane and Memphis. They also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and BNP Paribas Open.